The best times to visit Carter Lake for ideal weather are
April 30th to June 17th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Carter Lake Travel Guide
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Weather in Carter Lake
Average temperatures in Carter Lake vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 29th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Carter Lake, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 91.3°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68°F (20°C) at night.
Carter Lake Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Carter Lake Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Carter Lake Perceived Temperature (F)
Carter Lake Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Carter Lake Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Carter Lake are January, February, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid May with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.
When can you find snow in Carter Lake? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early to mid January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Carter Lake is often around around March 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Carter Lake.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Carter Lake (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Carter Lake has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (66%).
Wind in Carter Lake is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 10.2 knots (11.7 MPH or 18.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 19.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Carter Lake.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||9.1||Gentle breeze||16.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||9.1||Gentle breeze||16.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9.6||Gentle breeze||17.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||10.2||Gentle breeze||18.9||Strong breeze|
|May||9.3||Gentle breeze||18||Significant breeze|
|Jun||8.2||Gentle breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
|Jul||7.3||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Aug||7.2||Gentle breeze||14.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.8||Gentle breeze||15.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8.4||Gentle breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Nov||9.3||Gentle breeze||16.8||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.7||Gentle breeze||15.8||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Carter Lake?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Carter Lake, IA, US is June, followed by May and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Carter Lake in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Carter Lake Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 81.8°F (27.7°C) and 38.3°F (3.5°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Carter Lake, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 83.8°F (28.8°C) and 47.1°F (8.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Carter Lake to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.9°F (4.9°C) and 33.6°F (0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.