Average Weather in Oakley Kansas, United States
In Oakley, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 92°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 100°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Oakley for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 5 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 10, with an average high of 92°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 22 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 20°F and high of 42°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 Oakley, 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 Oakley begins around June 2 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around November 6. 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 November 6 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around June 2. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 45% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 55% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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 Oakley varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from April 22 to September 9, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on July 29.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from September 9 to April 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on January 16.
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 Oakley changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.5 months, from February 16 to December 3. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 35% on July 29.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.5 months, from December 3 to February 16. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on December 29.
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. Oakley experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from March 9 to November 12, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 20, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from November 12 to March 9. The least rain falls around January 11, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Oakley 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 Oakley varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 25 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:16 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 57 minutes later at 8:13 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:20 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 53 minutes later at 9:13 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Oakley 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
Oakley experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 6 to September 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 34% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 8, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Oakley experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from February 21 to June 4, with average wind speeds of more than 11.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.6 months, from June 4 to February 21. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Oakley varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 5.8 months, from April 25 to October 20, with a peak percentage of 55% on July 4. The wind is most often from the north for 6.2 months, from October 20 to April 25, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Oakley 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 Oakley for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid 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 Oakley for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third 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 Oakley typically lasts for 5.6 months (170 days), from around April 26 to around October 13, rarely starting before April 7 or after May 14, and rarely ending before September 23 or after October 31.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Oakley should appear around March 19, only rarely appearing before March 4 or after April 9.
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 3.6 months, from April 25 to August 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 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 3.2 months, from November 4 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Oakley are 39.133 deg latitude, -100.864 deg longitude, and 3,045 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Oakley contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,042 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (371 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,581 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Oakley is covered by cropland (75%) and grassland (21%), within 10 miles by cropland (86%) and grassland (14%), and within 50 miles by cropland (63%) and grassland (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Oakley, 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 Oakley.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Oakley 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 Oakley is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Oakley and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .