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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Spirit Lake Iowa, United States

In Spirit Lake, the summers are long, warm, and wet; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 9°F to 83°F and is rarely below -11°F or above 91°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Spirit Lake for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.

Climate in Spirit Lake

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Spirit Lake weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 18 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest month of the year in Spirit Lake is July, with an average high of 82°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 25 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 37°F. The coldest month of the year in Spirit Lake is January, with an average low of 10°F and high of 25°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Spirit Lake

Average High and Low Temperature in Spirit LakewarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec-20°F-20°F-10°F-10°F0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 1525°FJan 1525°FJul 483°FJul 483°F9°F9°F63°F63°FMay 1871°FMay 1871°FSep 2071°FSep 2071°FNov 2537°FNov 2537°FMar 337°FMar 337°F50°F50°F50°F50°F21°F21°F20°F20°FNowNow
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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High 25°F30°F43°F58°F70°F79°F82°F79°F72°F59°F42°F28°F
Temp. 17°F21°F33°F46°F59°F68°F72°F69°F61°F48°F34°F20°F
Low 10°F14°F26°F37°F49°F59°F63°F60°F51°F39°F26°F14°F

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 Spirit Lake

Average Hourly Temperature in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfrigidfreezingfreezingcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmvery coldvery coldfrigid
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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In Spirit Lake, 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 Spirit Lake begins around June 7 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 16.

The clearest month of the year in Spirit Lake is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 16 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around June 7.

The cloudiest month of the year in Spirit Lake is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 55% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Spirit Lake

Cloud Cover Categories in Spirit LakeclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2773%Jul 2773%Feb 343%Feb 343%Jun 758%Jun 758%Oct 1658%Oct 1658%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 55%55%53%51%46%38%28%29%33%41%50%55%
Clearer 45%45%47%49%54%62%72%71%67%59%50%45%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Spirit Lake varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.0 months, from April 4 to October 4, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Spirit Lake is June, with an average of 11.9 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 6.0 months, from October 4 to April 4. The month with the fewest wet days in Spirit Lake is January, with an average of 2.3 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

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 Spirit Lake changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.6 months, from March 5 to November 22. The month with the most days of rain alone in Spirit Lake is June, with an average of 11.9 days.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.4 months, from November 22 to March 5. The month with the most days of snow alone in Spirit Lake is January, with an average of 1.9 days.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Spirit Lake

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Spirit LakesnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jun 641%Jun 641%Feb 127%Feb 127%Nov 2212%Nov 2212%Apr 424%Apr 424%Oct 424%Oct 424%NowNowrainsnow
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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain 0.2d0.5d2.8d7.6d11.0d11.9d11.1d9.6d8.5d5.3d1.9d0.6d
Mixed 0.2d0.4d1.0d0.7d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d0.7d0.6d
Snow 1.9d1.4d1.0d0.2d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d1.0d1.8d
Any 2.3d2.2d4.8d8.5d11.1d11.9d11.1d9.6d8.6d5.7d3.7d3.0d

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. Spirit Lake experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from March 2 to November 28, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Spirit Lake is June, with an average rainfall of 4.2 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 28 to March 2. The month with the least rain in Spirit Lake is January, with an average rainfall of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Spirit Lake

Average Monthly Rainfall in Spirit LakerainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 inJun 154.2 inJun 154.2 inJan 250.1 inJan 250.1 inMar 20.5 inMar 20.5 inNov 280.5 inNov 280.5 inNowNow
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 snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall 0.1″0.2″1.1″2.6″3.3″4.2″3.4″3.2″2.8″1.7″0.8″0.3″

Snowfall

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Spirit Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from October 26 to April 16, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Spirit Lake is December, with an average snowfall of 4.0 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 16 to October 26. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Snowfall in Spirit Lake

Average Monthly Snowfall in Spirit LakesnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 inDec 84.1 inDec 84.1 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inMar 23.3 inMar 23.3 inOct 261.0 inOct 261.0 inApr 161.0 inApr 161.0 inNowNow
The average 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Snowfall 3.3″3.0″2.9″1.1″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.5″2.9″4.0″

The length of the day in Spirit Lake varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2024, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 57 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Spirit Lake

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 1912 hr, 8 minMar 1915 hr, 25 minJun 2015 hr, 25 minJun 2012 hr, 11 minSep 2212 hr, 11 minSep 228 hr, 57 minDec 218 hr, 57 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight 9.4h10.5h12.0h13.5h14.7h15.4h15.0h13.9h12.5h11.0h9.7h9.0h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:39 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 19 minutes later at 7:57 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:44 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 21 minutes later at 9:05 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Spirit Lake during 2024, starting in the spring on March 10, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 3.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Spirit Lake

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:39 AMJun 145:39 AM9:05 PMJun 269:05 PMJun 26Dec 94:44 PMDec 94:44 PM7:57 AMNov 27:57 AMNov 2Mar 10DSTMar 10DSTDSTNov 3DSTNov 3daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2024. 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.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Spirit Lake

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM000101010102020203030304040506000010101020202020303040405050602370NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Spirit Lake

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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.

Spirit Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 9 to September 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Spirit Lake is July, with 11.2 days that are muggy or worse.

The least muggy day of the year is February 8, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Spirit Lake

Humidity Comfort Levels in Spirit LakemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 80%Feb 80%Jul 2039%Jul 2039%Jun 910%Jun 910%Sep 1310%Sep 1310%NowNowmuggymuggycomfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumidoppressiveoppressive
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.4d4.5d11.2d9.5d2.9d0.2d0.0d0.0d

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 Spirit Lake experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from September 24 to May 29, with average wind speeds of more than 11.2 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Spirit Lake is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 24. The calmest month of the year in Spirit Lake is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Spirit Lake

Average Wind Speed in Spirit LakewindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mph20 mph20 mph22 mph22 mphApr 713.7 mphApr 713.7 mphAug 28.7 mphAug 28.7 mphSep 2411.2 mphSep 2411.2 mphMay 2911.2 mphMay 2911.2 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph) 12.712.613.313.412.110.59.29.210.811.612.212.4

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Spirit Lake varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.5 months, from May 4 to November 18, with a peak percentage of 46% on September 2. The wind is most often from the north for 5.5 months, from November 18 to May 4, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Spirit Lake

Wind Direction in Spirit LakeNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

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

Tourism Score in Spirit Lake

Tourism Score in Spirit Lakebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.86.80.00.0NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism 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 Spirit Lake for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Spirit Lake

Beach/Pool Score in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.15.10.00.0NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/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.

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 Spirit Lake typically lasts for 5.2 months (157 days), from around April 27 to around October 1, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 15, and rarely ending before September 13 or after October 19.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Spirit Lake

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Spirit Lakegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Apr 2750%Apr 2750%Oct 150%Oct 150%May 1590%May 1590%Sep 1390%Sep 1390%Apr 910%Apr 910%Oct 1910%Oct 1910%0%Dec 50%Dec 5Jul 15100%Jul 15100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmcoldhot
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 Spirit Lake should appear around April 21, only rarely appearing before April 9 or after May 7.

Growing Degree Days in Spirit Lake

Growing Degree Days in Spirit LakeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FApr 2190°FApr 2190°FJun 25900°FJun 25900°FAug 61,800°FAug 61,800°FDec 312,774°FDec 312,774°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 3.5 months, from May 4 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Spirit Lake is July, with an average of 7.0 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 2.7 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Spirit Lake is December, with an average of 1.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Spirit Lake

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Spirit LakebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 77.1 kWhJul 77.1 kWhDec 171.6 kWhDec 171.6 kWhMay 46.0 kWhMay 46.0 kWhAug 196.0 kWhAug 196.0 kWhOct 302.7 kWhOct 302.7 kWhFeb 102.7 kWhFeb 102.7 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh) 2.02.94.25.46.36.87.06.14.93.42.21.7

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Spirit Lake are 43.422 deg latitude, -95.102 deg longitude, and 1,470 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Spirit Lake is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 92 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,433 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (217 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (797 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Spirit Lake is covered by cropland (51%), artificial surfaces (27%), and water (20%), within 10 miles by cropland (87%), and within 50 miles by cropland (98%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Spirit Lake, 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 Spirit Lake.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Spirit Lake and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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.

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