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Whatever the Weather in Austin, Texas

There is a saying in parts of the United States that goes, "If you don't like the weather, give it a few minutes and it'll change."

You may hear this said, if you haven't already, of the ever-changing weather in Austin, Texas.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, because Austin is situated at the junctions of different environmental regions, its climate is, "humid subtropical with hot summers and relatively mild winters."

On any given day, you may experience:

  • Rainfall - Austin averages 33 inches of rain per year.
  • Thunderstorms - The possibility of heavy rain exists in every month.
  • Sunshine - Nearly 75 percent of summer days are sunny and 50 percent of winter's.
  • Cloudy skies - Clouds can accumulate during the evening in all seasons, with the aid of south and southeast winds.

With all of this in mind, how do you distinguish the seasons in Austin?

Mild Winters

You'll rarely need a heavy coat during winter, as Austin's are mild and relatively dry, averaging from 41 to 62 degrees.

If it does rain, it will usually be light. You might also experience some fog and drizzle. Daytime cloud cover can limit high temperatures, and cloudy winter nights can be warmer than the days.

Winter is also the only season when, just after sunset, you can see the hills of Austin glowing lavender - a spectacular sight that lasts only a few minutes - which is why Austin is known as the City of the Violet Crown.

Unseasonably warm winter days manifest when dry west winds cause winter temperatures to climb to spring or summerlike levels. According to Weather Spark, "The month of January [in Austin] is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 62°F throughout the month, exceeding 76°F or dropping below 48°F only one day in 10."

Winter turns to spring early in Austin - around mid-February - a perfect time to get your cooler clothing out of the closet or out of storage.

Bountiful Spring

Throughout the windy and sunny temperate days of spring, festivals abound in Austin, like the world-renowned South by Southwest, which showcases original music and independent films, and is always held in the beginning of March. Wear light clothing when you attend, as Austin averages a daily maximum temperature for March that's between 69 and 75 degrees.

Temperatures climb in March. Liz Osborn of Current Results states that, "by the end of the month, the temperature has climbed around 8°F (4°C) above what it was at the start."

In the early months of spring, showy bluebonnets and wildflowers bloom exquisitely in the Hill Country around Austin. Spring is also the perfect time to start that vegetable garden you've always wanted to grow. Start seeds in the ground according to when the Old Farmer's Almanac calendar listing says to plant.

Thunderstorms also abound throughout spring, which averages 11.67 inches of rainfall, with May being Austin's rainiest month with 5.03 inche

Long Hot Days of Summer

Austin's average daytime summer temperatures soar, with highs over 90 degrees about 80 percent or more of the time. In very hot summers, daytime highs reach near and above 100 degrees, especially when west and southwest winds blow. So if it's 90 degrees, you might find yourself saying, "Nice day today." Keep in mind that the humidity will make it seem hotter. And thunderstorms, even though they come and go quickly, will cause more humidity.

August is Austin's hottest month, with an average temperature well over 90 degrees. You might want to celebrate Lyndon Baines Johnson Day on August 27 indoors, where you might find yourself saying the "Texism", "It's so hot the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs."

Temperate Fall

Fall brings a return to more temperate days, which are generally warm to mild, with temperatures ranging between the low 70s and high 80s, which is perfect weather for cheering on the Longhorns at a University of Texas football game.

After the thunderstorms of September pass through, October is one of the best weather months of the year, ideal for attending the famed Austin City Limits Festival, an annual three-day outdoor event celebrating American music that kicks off the fall.

But don't forget your umbrella, because you never know what the weather might bring and the rain is rarely over and gone in Austin.

Diversity in All Things

Whatever the weather, enjoy yourself. You are in Austin, the heart of Texas, the City of the Violet Crown, whose climate is as eclectic and independent as the city itself.

If, on account of such fluctuating weather, you find yourself in need of a temperature-controlled storage unit, you can find one by searching online.

"Austin Climate Summary", National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/ewx/aus/ausclisum.pdf

"Monthly Averages for Austin, TX", The Weather Channel - http://www.weather.com/weather/wxclimatology/monthly/graph/USTX0057

"Just What is a Violet Crown?", Voices of the Violet Crown - http://www.violetcrownvoices.com/just-what-is-a-violet-crown

"Average Weather In January For Austin", WeatherSpark - http://weatherspark.com/averages/29684/1/Austin-Texas-United-States

"Liz Osborn, "Austin Weather in March", Current Results - http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Texas/Places/austin-weather-in-march.php

"Austin, Texas Average Rainfall", FindTheData - http://average-rainfall-cities.findthedata.org/l/240/Austin

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