Average Weather in Red Lake Minnesota, United States
In Red Lake, the summers are long, comfortable, and partly cloudy and the winters are frigid, snowy, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -1°F to 78°F and is rarely below -23°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Red Lake for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 17 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 78°F and low of 60°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 29°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of -1°F and high of 17°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 Red 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 Red Lake begins around May 24 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 13. On August 2, 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 October 13 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around May 24. On February 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 68% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% 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 Red Lake varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from April 27 to October 4, 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 29.
The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from October 4 to April 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on February 3.
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 Red Lake changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.3 months, from March 11 to November 19. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 40% on June 29.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.7 months, from November 19 to March 11. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on January 3.
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. Red Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 17 to November 17, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 24, with an average total accumulation of 3.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 17 to March 17. The least rain falls around January 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 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. Red Lake experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 28 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 January 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 20 to October 28. The least snow falls around August 4, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Red Lake varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 23 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:20 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:09 AM on December 31. The earliest sunset is at 4:27 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 56 minutes later at 9:23 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Red Lake 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
Red Lake experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from June 12 to September 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 18% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 1, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Red Lake experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from January 7 to May 29, with average wind speeds of more than 11.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from May 29 to January 7. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Red Lake varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.6 months, from February 23 to May 10, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 12. The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from May 10 to July 8; for 6.0 days, from July 10 to July 16; for 2.1 months, from July 29 to October 1; and for 1.4 weeks, from October 31 to November 10, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 2. The wind is most often from the west for 2.0 days, from July 8 to July 10; for 1.9 weeks, from July 16 to July 29; for 4.3 weeks, from October 1 to October 31; and for 3.5 months, from November 10 to February 23, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 23.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Red 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 Red Lake for general outdoor tourist activities is from late 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 Red Lake for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the last 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 Red Lake typically lasts for 5.0 months (152 days), from around May 4 to around October 3, rarely starting before April 14 or after May 23, and rarely ending before September 16 or after October 21.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Red Lake should appear around May 5, only rarely appearing before April 24 or after May 22.
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 3.6 months, from May 3 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 9, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 26 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Red Lake are 47.876 deg latitude, -95.017 deg longitude, and 1,194 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Red Lake contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 141 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,203 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (230 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (899 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Red Lake is covered by trees (51%) and water (38%), within 10 miles by water (49%) and trees (45%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Red 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 Red Lake.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Red 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 Red Lake is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Red Lake and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Bemidji-Beltrami County Airport (39%, 42 kilometers, south); Waskish Municipal Airport (32%, 48 kilometers, northeast); Fosston Municipal Airport (21%, 65 kilometers, southwest); and Roseau, Roseau Municipal Airport/Rudy Billberg Field (8%, 120 kilometers, northwest).
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.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .