Average Weather in Clay Center Kansas, United States
In Clay Center, the summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are very cold, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 91°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 100°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Clay Center for warm-weather activities is from mid May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 3 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 91°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 24°F and high of 42°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
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In Clay Center, 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 Clay Center begins around June 8 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 4. On July 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 28% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 8. On February 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 47% 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 Clay Center varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from April 9 to September 27, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 27 to April 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 12.
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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 44% on June 7.
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. Clay Center experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 23 to January 4, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 2, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.8 weeks, from January 4 to January 23. The least rain falls around January 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Clay Center experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from November 20 to March 22, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from March 22 to November 20. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Clay Center varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:05 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 49 minutes later at 7:54 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 44 minutes later at 8:52 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Clay Center 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
Clay Center experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 20 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 67% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 17, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Clay Center experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from January 1 to May 24, with average wind speeds of more than 11.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from May 24 to January 1. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Clay Center varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 9.0 months, from March 9 to December 8, with a peak percentage of 65% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 3.0 months, from December 8 to March 9, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Clay Center 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 Clay Center for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid 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 Clay Center for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The growing season in Clay Center typically lasts for 6.9 months (210 days), from around April 3 to around October 31, rarely starting before March 17 or after April 20, and rarely ending before October 11 or after November 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Clay Center should appear around March 12, only rarely appearing before February 27 or after April 3.
Growing Degree Days
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from April 25 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 8, with an average of 7.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 6 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 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 Clay Center are 37.519 deg latitude, -96.771 deg longitude, and 1,391 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Clay Center contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,372 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (390 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (935 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Clay Center is covered by grassland (99%), within 10 miles by grassland (97%), and within 50 miles by grassland (70%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Clay Center, 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 8 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Clay Center.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Clay Center 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 Clay Center is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Clay Center and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Mc Connell Air Force Base (24%, 45 kilometers, west); Strother Field Airport (23%, 46 kilometers, southwest); Colonel James Jabara Airport (22%, 47 kilometers, northwest); Emporia Municipal Airport (7%, 103 kilometers, northeast); Bartlesville Municipal Airport (6%, 107 kilometers, southeast); Tri-City Airport (6%, 114 kilometers, east); Chanute Martin Johnson Airport (6%, 115 kilometers, east); and Coffeyville Municipal Airport (6%, 117 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .