The Weather at the Observatory
Temperatures vary quite a bit at our elevation (6,300-6,800 feet above sea level) and are usually much cooler than other areas of Texas. For summer make sure you bring a light jacket and long pants. For Fall, Winter, and early Spring programs, layer your attire and bring a warm coat, thermals, gloves, and something to keep your head warm.
Some useful weather links to help plan your visit to the Observatory:
- National Weather Service forecast for the Observatory,
- The Weather Underground forecast,
- the National Center for Atmospheric Research satellite view (choose "ABQ" on the map for our area),
- AccuWeather Astronomy Forecast, and
- Intellicast radar (enter "Fort Davis, TX" for our area).
Monthly climate data, 1935-2012, are listed below. Please note that low and high temperatures (Fahrenheit) are averages; therefore, the low temperature on a particular night can be much lower (20's or teens in winter for example):
|Month||Avg High||Record High||Avg Low||Record Low||Avg Rain (in)||Avg Snow (in)|
Source: Western Regional Climate Center
Visitors Center weather station current conditions: