Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Ranchettes Wyoming, United States
In Ranchettes, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are long, freezing, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 82°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Ranchettes for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
Climate in Ranchettes
Average Temperature in Ranchettes
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 10 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 82°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 16 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 19°F and high of 38°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Ranchettes
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Ranchettes
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In Ranchettes, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Ranchettes begins around June 4 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 23. On July 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 25% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 23 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 4. On March 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Ranchettes
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Ranchettes varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from April 10 to September 1, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 29% on May 25.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from September 1 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on January 10.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Ranchettes changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.8 months, from March 12 to November 5. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 29% on June 3.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.2 months, from November 5 to March 12. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 5% on November 24.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Ranchettes
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Ranchettes experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 4 to October 21, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 27, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from October 21 to April 4. The least rain falls around December 24, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Ranchettes
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Ranchettes experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 26 to May 20, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around April 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 20 to September 26. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Ranchettes
The length of the day in Ranchettes varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 12 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Ranchettes
The earliest sunrise is at 5:25 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 11 minutes later at 7:36 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:30 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 6 minutes later at 8:36 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ranchettes during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Ranchettes
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Ranchettes
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level in Ranchettes, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Ranchettes
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Ranchettes experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 31 to April 23, with average wind speeds of more than 11.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 23 to October 31. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Ranchettes
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ranchettes is from the west throughout the year.
Wind Direction in Ranchettes
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ranchettes throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ranchettes for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Tourism Score in Ranchettes
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Ranchettes for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Ranchettes
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Ranchettes typically lasts for 4.6 months (142 days), from around May 12 to around October 1, rarely starting before April 24 or after May 30, and rarely ending before September 11 or after October 21.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Ranchettes
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ranchettes should appear around April 23, only rarely appearing before April 6 or after May 10.
Growing Degree Days in Ranchettes
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from May 11 to August 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 30, with an average of 7.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 1 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Ranchettes
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ranchettes are 41.219 deg latitude, -104.790 deg longitude, and 6,198 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ranchettes contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 230 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,173 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (843 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,944 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ranchettes is covered by grassland (100%), within 10 miles by grassland (89%), and within 50 miles by grassland (79%) and shrubs (11%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ranchettes, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ranchettes.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ranchettes according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Ranchettes is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ranchettes and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cheyenne Airport (KCYS, 97%, 7 kilometers, south); Kimball Municipal Airport-Robert E Arraj Field (KIBM, 1.9%, 94 kilometers, east); and Torrington Municipal Airport (KTOR, 1.4%, 108 kilometers, northeast).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.