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Average Weather in Corvallis Oregon, United States

In Corvallis, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, wet, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 86°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 97°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Corvallis for warm-weather activities is from early July to late August.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 22 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 86°F and low of 55°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 14 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is December 23, with an average low of 36°F and high of 46°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in CorvallisJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolwarmcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Casalarreina, Spain (5,390 miles away) and Mount Beauty, Australia (7,923 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Corvallis (view comparison).

Clouds

In Corvallis, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Corvallis begins around June 9 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around October 9. On July 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 83% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 17% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around June 9. On January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 75% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 25% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in CorvallisclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2783%Jul 2783%Jan 1625%Jan 1625%Jun 954%Jun 954%Oct 955%Oct 955%clearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudymostly clear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Corvallis varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.9 months, from October 12 to May 10, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 58% on November 27.

The drier season lasts 5.1 months, from May 10 to October 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on August 4.

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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 57% on November 18.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CorvalliswetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 2758%Nov 2758%Aug 43%Aug 43%Oct 1231%Oct 1231%May 1031%May 1031%rainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Corvallis experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from August 18 to July 16, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 2, with an average total accumulation of 9.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.1 months, from July 16 to August 18. The least rain falls around July 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in CorvallisrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in5 in10 in15 inDec 29.4 inDec 29.4 inJul 310.3 inJul 310.3 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Corvallis does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in CorvallissnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 inDec 290.1 inDec 290.1 inJul 190.0 inJul 190.0 inFeb 80.1 inFeb 80.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Corvallis varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 49 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 34 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:27 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 26 minutes later at 7:53 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:32 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 29 minutes later at 9:02 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Corvallis during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in CorvallisJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:27 AMJun 155:27 AM9:02 PMJun 269:02 PMJun 26Dec 104:32 PMDec 104:32 PM7:53 AMNov 37:53 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 Corvallis, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels in CorvallisJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 210%Jan 210%Jul 150%Jul 150%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Corvallis experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 3 to March 30, with average wind speeds of more than 5.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 30 to November 3. The calmest day of the year is September 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in CorvalliswindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mphDec 16.3 mphDec 16.3 mphSep 285.0 mphSep 285.0 mphMar 305.6 mphMar 305.6 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Corvallis varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 1.9 months, from April 10 to June 7, with a peak percentage of 42% on May 28. The wind is most often from the north for 4.3 months, from June 7 to October 16, with a peak percentage of 57% on July 21. The wind is most often from the south for 5.8 months, from October 16 to April 10, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CorvallisSWNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Corvallis is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.5 months, from June 12 to September 27, with an average temperature above 56°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 25, with an average temperature of 57°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from December 13 to April 18, with an average temperature below 51°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 6, with an average temperature of 50°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Corvallis 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 Corvallis for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Corvallisbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.07.00.10.1precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Corvallis for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in CorvallisJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468103.03.00.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Corvallis typically lasts for 7.1 months (217 days), from around March 28 to around October 30, rarely starting before February 23 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 6 or after December 7.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Corvallisgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 2850%Mar 2850%Oct 3050%Oct 3090%Apr 2490%Apr 2490%Oct 690%Oct 610%Feb 2310%Feb 2310%Dec 710%Dec 70%Jan 160%Jan 16Jul 19100%Jul 19100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Corvallis should appear around March 26, only rarely appearing before March 9 or after April 17.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 2.9 months, from May 27 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 16, with an average of 7.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 27 to February 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 1.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Corvallis are 44.565 deg latitude, -123.262 deg longitude, and 226 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Corvallis contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 233 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 229 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,949 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,948 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Corvallis is covered by artificial surfaces (64%) and cropland (32%), within 10 miles by cropland (62%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and cropland (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Corvallis, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Corvallis.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Corvallis 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 Corvallis is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Corvallis and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Corvallis Municipal Airport (93%, 7 kilometers, south) and McNary Field (7%, 43 kilometers, northeast).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.

Disclaimer

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.