Average Weather in Stapleton Nebraska, United States
In Stapleton, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 88°F and is rarely below -2°F or above 97°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Stapleton for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 5 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 88°F and low of 62°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 22 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 2, with an average low of 15°F and high of 36°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 Stapleton, 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 Stapleton begins around June 5 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around October 17. On July 7, 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 17 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around June 5. On March 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% 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 Stapleton varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 17 to September 10, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 6.
The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from September 10 to April 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on January 11.
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 Stapleton changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.6 months, from March 3 to November 21. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 39% on June 6.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.4 months, from November 21 to March 3. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on February 14.
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. Stapleton experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from March 11 to November 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 3, with an average total accumulation of 3.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from November 9 to March 11. 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 Stapleton 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 Stapleton varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 10 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:07 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 9 minutes later at 8:16 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:12 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 8 minutes later at 9:19 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Stapleton 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
Stapleton experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from June 16 to September 3, 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 25, with muggy conditions 19% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Stapleton experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from November 5 to May 30, with average wind speeds of more than 11.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 30 to November 5. The calmest day of the year is July 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Stapleton varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.5 months, from January 23 to May 6 and for 2.3 months, from October 3 to December 11, with a peak percentage of 39% on February 22. The wind is most often from the south for 4.9 months, from May 6 to October 3, with a peak percentage of 53% on August 22. The wind is most often from the west for 1.4 months, from December 11 to January 23, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Stapleton 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 Stapleton for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second 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 Stapleton for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid 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 Stapleton typically lasts for 4.9 months (150 days), from around May 5 to around October 2, rarely starting before April 14 or after May 23, and rarely ending before September 14 or after October 21.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Stapleton should appear around April 5, only rarely appearing before March 21 or after April 24.
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 3.5 months, from April 30 to August 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 30, with an average of 7.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 1 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Stapleton are 41.480 deg latitude, -100.513 deg longitude, and 2,933 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Stapleton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 226 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,924 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (459 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,407 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Stapleton is covered by grassland (66%) and cropland (34%), within 10 miles by grassland (79%) and cropland (21%), and within 50 miles by grassland (85%) and cropland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Stapleton, 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 Stapleton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Stapleton 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 Stapleton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Stapleton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: North Platte Regional Airport Lee Bird Field (47%, 42 kilometers, south); Thedford, Thomas County Airport (33%, 54 kilometers, north); and Broken Bow Municipal Airport (20%, 74 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .