Average Weather in Benson Minnesota, United States
In Benson, 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 5°F to 83°F and is rarely below -17°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Benson for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 17 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 83°F and low of 61°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 27 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 34°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 5°F and high of 22°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 Benson, 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 Benson begins around June 9 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around October 14. On July 28, 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 October 14 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around June 9. On February 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 60% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 40% 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 Benson varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from April 23 to September 26, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 13.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from September 26 to April 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 30.
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 Benson 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 40% on June 13.
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 6% on February 21.
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. Benson experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from March 8 to November 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 18, with an average total accumulation of 3.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 20 to March 8. The least rain falls around January 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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. Benson experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from November 1 to April 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 March 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 22 to November 1. 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 Benson varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 44 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 31 minutes later at 8:04 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:39 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 35 minutes later at 9:14 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Benson 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
Benson 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 8% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 32% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Benson experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from September 21 to June 1, with average wind speeds of more than 10.8 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 3.7 months, from June 1 to September 21. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Benson varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 4.2 months, from January 1 to May 8 and for 6.0 days, from November 17 to November 23, with a peak percentage of 36% on February 18. The wind is most often from the south for 6.3 months, from May 8 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 41% on August 26. The wind is most often from the west for 1.3 months, from November 23 to January 1, with a peak percentage of 33% on December 13.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Benson 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 Benson for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Benson for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid 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 Benson typically lasts for 4.8 months (147 days), from around May 3 to around September 27, rarely starting before April 12 or after May 23, and rarely ending before September 11 or after October 15.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Benson should appear around April 24, only rarely appearing before April 12 or after May 12.
Growing Degree Days
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 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 29 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 1.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Benson are 45.315 deg latitude, -95.600 deg longitude, and 1,037 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Benson is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 36 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,038 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (322 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (728 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Benson is covered by cropland (89%), within 10 miles by cropland (98%), and within 50 miles by cropland (92%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Benson, 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 Benson.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Benson 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 Benson is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Benson and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Benson Municipal Airport (91%, 4.4 kilometers, northwest); Montevideo-Chippewa County Airport (3.4%, 39 kilometers, south); Glenwood Municipal Airport (2.9%, 43 kilometers, northeast); and Willmar Municipal Airport-John L Rice Field (3.0%, 43 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .