Average Weather in Ashland Kansas, United States
In Ashland, 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 25°F to 96°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 104°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Ashland for warm-weather activities is from mid May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 2 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 96°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 23 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 25°F and high of 46°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 Ashland, 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 Ashland begins around June 2 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around November 8. On September 19, 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 8 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around June 2. 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 Ashland varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from April 20 to September 11, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 38% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from September 11 to April 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% 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 Ashland changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 2 to December 26. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 38% on June 7.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.2 months, from December 26 to February 2. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 3% on January 25.
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. Ashland experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 10.0 months, from February 15 to December 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 11, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from December 13 to February 15. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Ashland 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 Ashland varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:18 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 8:05 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:21 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 42 minutes later at 9:03 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ashland 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
Ashland experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from June 1 to September 14, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 7% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 28, with muggy conditions 30% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 10, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Ashland experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from February 28 to June 26, 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 12.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.0 months, from June 26 to February 28. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ashland varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 8.2 months, from March 10 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 66% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 3.8 months, from November 17 to March 10, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ashland 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 Ashland for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the second week of September.
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 Ashland 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 Ashland typically lasts for 6.7 months (206 days), from around April 7 to around October 30, rarely starting before March 19 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 11 or after November 16.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ashland should appear around March 4, only rarely appearing before February 18 or after March 24.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from April 19 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 28, with an average of 7.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 6 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ashland are 37.189 deg latitude, -99.766 deg longitude, and 1,988 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ashland contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 187 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,986 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (702 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,339 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ashland is covered by grassland (68%) and cropland (30%), within 10 miles by grassland (82%) and cropland (18%), and within 50 miles by grassland (68%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ashland, 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 7 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ashland.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ashland 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 Ashland is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ashland and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Dodge City Regional Airport (24%, 67 kilometers, north); West Woodward Airport (17%, 86 kilometers, south); Pratt Municipal Airport (13%, 107 kilometers, northeast); Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (12%, 108 kilometers, west); Alva Regional Airport (12%, 108 kilometers, southeast); Medicine Lodge, Medicine Lodge (12%, 108 kilometers, east); and Perryton, Perryton Ochiltree County Airport (10%, 123 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .