Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Saint Cloud Minnesota, United States
In Saint Cloud, 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 5°F to 82°F and is rarely below -18°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Saint Cloud for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
Climate in Saint Cloud
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 20 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest month of the year in Saint Cloud is July, with an average high of 81°F and low of 60°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 26 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 33°F. The coldest month of the year in Saint Cloud is January, with an average low of 5°F and high of 22°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Saint Cloud
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 Saint Cloud
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In Saint Cloud, 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 Saint Cloud begins around June 9 and lasts for 4.2 months, ending around October 14.
The clearest month of the year in Saint Cloud is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 14 and lasts for 7.8 months, ending around June 9.
The cloudiest month of the year in Saint Cloud is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Saint Cloud
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Saint Cloud varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from April 20 to September 27, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Saint Cloud is June, with an average of 11.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from September 27 to April 20. The month with the fewest wet days in Saint Cloud 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 Saint Cloud changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.4 months, from March 11 to November 22. The month with the most days of rain alone in Saint Cloud is June, with an average of 11.8 days.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.6 months, from November 22 to March 11. The month with the most days of snow alone in Saint Cloud is December, with an average of 2.1 days.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Saint Cloud
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. Saint Cloud experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from March 8 to November 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Saint Cloud is June, with an average rainfall of 4.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 25 to March 8. The month with the least rain in Saint Cloud is January, with an average rainfall of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Saint Cloud
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Saint Cloud experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from October 25 to April 26, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Saint Cloud is March, with an average snowfall of 4.2 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from April 26 to October 25. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Saint Cloud
The length of the day in Saint Cloud varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Saint Cloud
The earliest sunrise is at 5:27 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 33 minutes later at 8:00 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:32 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 37 minutes later at 9:09 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Saint Cloud during 2023, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Saint Cloud
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 Saint Cloud
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. 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 Saint Cloud
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.
Saint Cloud experiences some 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 7% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Saint Cloud is July, with 7.8 days that are muggy or worse.
The least muggy day of the year is February 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Saint Cloud
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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 Saint Cloud experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from September 17 to May 28, with average wind speeds of more than 10.6 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Saint Cloud is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 17. The calmest month of the year in Saint Cloud is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Saint Cloud
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Saint Cloud varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 4.2 months, from January 4 to May 9, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 2. The wind is most often from the south for 5.5 months, from May 9 to October 24 and for 2.1 weeks, from October 30 to November 14, with a peak percentage of 40% on August 27. The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 days, from October 24 to October 30 and for 1.7 months, from November 14 to January 4, with a peak percentage of 31% on October 25.
Wind Direction in Saint Cloud
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Saint Cloud 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 Saint Cloud for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Tourism Score in Saint Cloud
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 Saint Cloud for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Saint Cloud
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 Saint Cloud typically lasts for 4.8 months (147 days), from around May 5 to around September 29, rarely starting before April 15 or after May 24, and rarely ending before September 13 or after October 17.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Saint Cloud
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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 Saint Cloud should appear around April 27, only rarely appearing before April 15 or after May 11.
Growing Degree Days in Saint Cloud
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 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Saint Cloud is July, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 28 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.5 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Saint Cloud is December, with an average of 1.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Saint Cloud
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Saint Cloud are 45.561 deg latitude, -94.162 deg longitude, and 1,027 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Saint Cloud contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 180 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,030 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (299 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (696 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Saint Cloud is covered by artificial surfaces (81%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (12%), and within 50 miles by cropland (70%) and trees (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Saint Cloud, 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 Saint Cloud.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Saint Cloud 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 Saint Cloud is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Saint Cloud 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 Saint Cloud 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.
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.
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