Average Weather in Holcomb Kansas, United States
In Holcomb, the summers are hot and mostly clear; the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy; and it is windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 93°F and is rarely below 6°F or above 102°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Holcomb for warm-weather activities is from late May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 17, with an average high of 93°F and low of 66°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 20°F and high of 44°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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 Holcomb, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Holcomb begins around May 31 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around November 8. On July 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 76% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 24% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 8 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around May 31. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 43% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Holcomb varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from April 22 to September 10, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on June 8.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from September 10 to April 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% 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 Holcomb changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.9 months, from February 4 to December 2. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 33% on June 8.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.1 months, from December 2 to February 4. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on January 6.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Holcomb experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from March 10 to November 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from November 13 to March 10. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Holcomb 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
The length of the day in Holcomb varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 32 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:20 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 51 minutes later at 8:11 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:24 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 46 minutes later at 9:10 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Holcomb 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
Holcomb experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from June 14 to September 4, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 27, with muggy conditions 20% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 24, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Holcomb experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from March 3 to July 2, with average wind speeds of more than 11.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.0 months, from July 2 to March 3. The calmest day of the year is December 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Holcomb varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 8.0 months, from March 11 to November 10, with a peak percentage of 62% on July 17. The wind is most often from the north for 4.0 months, from November 10 to March 11, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Holcomb 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 Holcomb for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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 Holcomb for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the second week of July.
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.
The growing season in Holcomb typically lasts for 5.9 months (179 days), from around April 21 to around October 18, rarely starting before April 2 or after May 9, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Holcomb should appear around March 12, only rarely appearing before February 25 or after April 2.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.7 months, from April 22 to August 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 7.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Holcomb are 37.986 deg latitude, -100.989 deg longitude, and 2,894 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Holcomb contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 105 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,884 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (223 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,358 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Holcomb is covered by cropland (85%) and grassland (14%), within 10 miles by cropland (76%) and grassland (21%), and within 50 miles by cropland (72%) and grassland (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Holcomb, 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 is only a single weather station, Garden City Regional Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Holcomb.
At a distance of 24 kilometers from Holcomb, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Holcomb according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .