Location & Climate

Location

Gatesville enjoys a central location in Texas.

Temperature

Gatesville has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 miles of this station is covered by grasslands (94%) and croplands (6%).  Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 97°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 102°F. The warm season lasts from May 27 to September 11 with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is August 13, with an average high of 97°F and low of 75°F.

The cold season lasts from November 24 to February 23 with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 37°F and high of 60°F.

Sun

The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:06 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 14:12 hours of daylight.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:26am on June 8 and the latest sunset is at 8:40pm on July 2. The latest sunrise is at 7:49am on November 3 and the earliest sunset is at 5:27pm on December 2.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.

Clouds

The median cloud cover ranges from 4% (clear) to 31% (mostly clear). The sky is cloudiest on February 29 and clearest on August 8. The clearer part of the year begins around May 22. The cloudier part of the year begins around November 23.

On August 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 91% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.

On February 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 41% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 57% of the time.

Precipitation

The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around February 11, occurring in 42% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 12, occurring in 17% of days.

Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, light rain, and heavy rain.

Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around June 8, when it is observed during 21% of all days.

Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 7, when it is observed during 14% of all days.

Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 21, when it is observed during 9% of all days.

Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around July 10, when it is observed during 11% of all days.

During the warm season, which lasts from May 27 to September 11, there is a 29% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (51% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), heavy rain (24%), light rain (14%), and moderate rain (11%).

During the cold season, which lasts from November 24 to February 23, there is a 34% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate rain (34% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate rain), light rain (18%), thunderstorms (17%), and light snow (10%).