Average Weather in Great Bend Kansas, United States
In Great Bend, 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 21°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 Great Bend for warm-weather activities is from late May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 3 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 93°F and low of 69°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 21°F and high of 41°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 Great Bend, 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 Great Bend begins around June 2 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around November 4. On July 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around June 2. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 46% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 54% 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 Great Bend varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from April 10 to September 20, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 6.7 months, from September 20 to April 10. 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 Great Bend changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.9 months, from February 6 to December 5. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 40% on June 7.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.1 months, from December 5 to February 6. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on January 24.
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. Great Bend experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.7 months, from February 13 to December 5, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 29, with an average total accumulation of 3.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from December 5 to February 13. The least rain falls around January 12, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Great Bend experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 14 to April 12, 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 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 12 to November 14. The least snow falls around July 10, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Great Bend varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 29 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:10 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 8:03 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:14 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 49 minutes later at 9:02 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Great Bend 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
Great Bend experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 1 to September 12, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 38% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Great Bend experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from February 22 to May 26, with average wind speeds of more than 11.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.9 months, from May 26 to February 22. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Great Bend varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 8.2 months, from March 12 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 64% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 3.8 months, from November 17 to March 12, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Great Bend 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 Great Bend 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 Great Bend 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 Great Bend typically lasts for 6.0 months (182 days), from around April 18 to around October 17, rarely starting before March 31 or after May 6, and rarely ending before September 27 or after November 5.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Great Bend should appear around March 18, only rarely appearing before March 3 or after April 9.
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 3.8 months, from April 24 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 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 20, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Great Bend are 38.364 deg latitude, -98.765 deg longitude, and 1,847 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Great Bend is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 36 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,846 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (213 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (984 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Great Bend is covered by cropland (47%), artificial surfaces (27%), and grassland (23%), within 10 miles by cropland (80%) and grassland (17%), and within 50 miles by cropland (61%) and grassland (38%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Great Bend, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Great Bend.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Great Bend 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 Great Bend is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Great Bend and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Great Bend Municipal Airport (89%, 9 kilometers, west); Russell Municipal Airport (6%, 57 kilometers, north); Hutchinson Municipal Airport (3.1%, 86 kilometers, southeast); and Salina Municipal Airport (2.1%, 108 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .