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Average Weather in Wolfenschiessen Switzerland

In Wolfenschiessen, the summers are cool and wet, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 66°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 76°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from May 30 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 66°F and low of 49°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 19 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 35°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 18°F and high of 28°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 WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcool
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.

Valdez, Alaska, United States (4,846 miles away); Haines, Alaska, United States (4,828 miles); and Whistler, Canada (5,138 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Wolfenschiessen (view comparison).

Clouds

In Wolfenschiessen, 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 Wolfenschiessen begins around June 21 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 21. On July 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 21 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 21. On May 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in WolfenschiessenclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2460%Jul 2460%May 838%May 838%Jun 2149%Jun 2149%Sep 2150%Sep 2150%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Wolfenschiessen varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from May 6 to August 23, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 51% on June 12.

The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from August 23 to May 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 29% on March 3.

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 Wolfenschiessen changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.3 months, from March 13 to November 20. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 50% on June 12.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.7 months, from November 20 to March 13. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 22% on December 24.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in WolfenschiessensnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 1251%Jun 1251%Mar 329%Mar 329%Nov 2032%Nov 2032%Jan 133%Jan 133%May 640%May 640%Aug 2340%Aug 2340%snowmixedrain
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. Wolfenschiessen experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 29 to January 7, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 9, with an average total accumulation of 5.1 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.1 weeks, from January 7 to January 29. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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

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. Wolfenschiessen experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 8 to May 18, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 2.2 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 18 to October 8. The least snow falls around July 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in WolfenschiessensnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inDec 222.2 inDec 222.2 inJul 310.0 inJul 310.0 inOct 80.1 inOct 80.1 inMay 180.1 inMay 180.1 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 Wolfenschiessen varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 31 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 53 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 53 minJun 2115 hr, 53 minJun 2112 hr, 11 minSep 2212 hr, 11 minSep 228 hr, 31 minDec 218 hr, 31 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:31 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 41 minutes later at 8:11 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:37 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 48 minutes later at 9:25 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Wolfenschiessen during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 165:31 AMJun 165:31 AM9:25 PMJun 269:25 PMJun 26Dec 114:37 PMDec 114:37 PM8:11 AMJan 18:11 AMJan 1Mar 26DSTMar 26DSTDSTOct 29DSTOct 29daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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 Wolfenschiessen, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 180%Mar 180%Jul 141%Jul 141%humidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
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 Wolfenschiessen experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 24 to April 20, with average wind speeds of more than 4.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 20 to October 24. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in WolfenschiessenwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphJan 265.7 mphJan 265.7 mphAug 104.2 mphAug 104.2 mphOct 244.9 mphOct 244.9 mphApr 204.9 mphApr 204.9 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 Wolfenschiessen varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.9 months, from May 13 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 5. The wind is most often from the south for 8.1 months, from September 11 to May 13, with a peak percentage of 56% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in WolfenschiessenSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

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

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Wolfenschiessenbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.45.40.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Wolfenschiessen for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.51.50.00.0 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 Wolfenschiessen typically lasts for 4.6 months (139 days), from around May 18 to around October 5, rarely starting before April 27 or after June 8, and rarely ending before September 13 or after October 24.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Wolfenschiessengrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1850%May 1850%Oct 550%Oct 550%Jun 890%Jun 890%Sep 1390%Sep 1390%Apr 2710%Apr 2710%Oct 2410%Oct 2410%0%Feb 190%Feb 19Jul 28100%Jul 28100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
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 Wolfenschiessen should appear around May 28, only rarely appearing before May 17 or after June 15.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in WolfenschiessenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°F800°F900°FMay 2890°FMay 2890°FDec 31796°FDec 31796°F
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 3.4 months, from May 5 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 7, with an average of 6.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 30 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in WolfenschiessenbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 76.7 kWhJul 76.7 kWhDec 211.3 kWhDec 211.3 kWhMay 55.6 kWhMay 55.6 kWhAug 195.6 kWhAug 195.6 kWhOct 302.4 kWhOct 302.4 kWhFeb 102.4 kWhFeb 102.4 kWh
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 Wolfenschiessen are 46.903 deg latitude, 8.394 deg longitude, and 3,960 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Wolfenschiessen contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 4,613 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,212 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,154 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (13,035 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Wolfenschiessen is covered by trees (58%) and grassland (40%), within 10 miles by grassland (35%) and trees (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (31%) and grassland (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Wolfenschiessen, 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 Wolfenschiessen.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Buochs Airport (39%, 7 kilometers, north); Interlaken Airport (45%, 28 kilometers, southwest); and Locarno Airport (16%, 90 kilometers, southeast).

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.