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Average Weather in Lakefield Minnesota, United States

In Lakefield, the summers are long and warm; 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 82°F and is rarely below -11°F or above 91°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 20 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 8, with an average high of 82°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 9°F and high of 25°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 LakefieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfreezingfreezingcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmcomfortablevery coldvery coldfrigid
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.

Log, Russia (5,547 miles away); Talghar, Kazakhstan (6,416 miles); and Jiuquan, China (6,617 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Lakefield (view comparison).

Clouds

In Lakefield, 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 Lakefield begins around June 8 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 16. On July 28, 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 October 16 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around June 8. On February 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in LakefieldclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2874%Jul 2874%Feb 643%Feb 643%Jun 858%Jun 858%Oct 1659%Oct 1659%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 Lakefield varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.0 months, from April 5 to October 4, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on June 7.

The drier season lasts 6.0 months, from October 4 to April 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on February 8.

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 Lakefield changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.5 months, from March 7 to November 22. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 41% on June 7.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.4 months, from November 22 to March 7. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on December 9.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in LakefieldsnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 741%Jun 741%Feb 86%Feb 86%Nov 2212%Nov 2212%Apr 524%Apr 524%Oct 424%Oct 424%rainsnowmixed
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. Lakefield experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from March 4 to November 27, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 16, with an average total accumulation of 4.1 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 27 to March 4. The least rain falls around January 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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. Lakefield experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 26 to April 20, 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 10, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 20 to October 26. The least snow falls around July 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

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 Lakefield varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 55 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 5:38 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 21 minutes later at 7:59 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:43 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 23 minutes later at 9:06 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lakefield 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in LakefieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:38 AMJun 155:38 AM9:06 PMJun 269:06 PMJun 26Dec 94:43 PMDec 94:43 PM7:59 AMNov 37:59 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

Lakefield experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 11 to September 14, 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 21, with muggy conditions 38% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is November 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in LakefieldmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 280%Nov 280%Jul 2138%Jul 2138%Jun 1110%Jun 1110%Sep 1410%Sep 1410%muggymuggydrydryhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortable
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 Lakefield experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 8.2 months, from September 23 to May 30, with average wind speeds of more than 11.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.6 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 3.8 months, from May 30 to September 23. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in LakefieldwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mphApr 813.6 mphApr 813.6 mphAug 38.7 mphAug 38.7 mphSep 2311.2 mphSep 2311.2 mphMay 3011.2 mphMay 3011.2 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 Lakefield varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.4 months, from May 5 to November 18, with a peak percentage of 46% on August 27. The wind is most often from the north for 3.1 weeks, from November 18 to December 10 and for 4.6 months, from December 17 to May 5, with a peak percentage of 32% on December 5. The wind is most often from the west for 1.0 weeks, from December 10 to December 17, with a peak percentage of 33% on December 13.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in LakefieldNSNNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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 Lakefield 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 Lakefield for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Lakefieldbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.96.90.00.0 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 Lakefield for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in LakefieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.15.10.00.0 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 Lakefield typically lasts for 5.2 months (158 days), from around April 27 to around October 3, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 15, and rarely ending before September 14 or after October 23.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Lakefieldgrowing 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 350%Oct 350%May 1590%May 1590%Sep 1490%Sep 1490%Apr 910%Apr 910%Oct 2310%Oct 2310%Jul 18100%Jul 18100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcold
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 Lakefield should appear around April 23, only rarely appearing before April 10 or after May 9.

Growing Degree Days

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 3.5 months, from May 5 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 8, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 31 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 16, with an average of 1.6 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

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 Lakefield are 43.677 deg latitude, -95.172 deg longitude, and 1,480 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Lakefield contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 138 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,475 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (259 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,024 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Lakefield is covered by cropland (100%), within 10 miles by cropland (95%), and within 50 miles by cropland (98%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Lakefield, 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 Lakefield.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Jackson Municipal Airport (53%, 15 kilometers, east); Windom Municipal Airport (23%, 27 kilometers, north); Worthington Municipal Airport (17%, 33 kilometers, west); and Spencer Municipal Airport (7%, 57 kilometers, south).

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.