This report describes the typical weather at the Double Eagle II Airport (Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 2001 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Albuquerque, New Mexico has a cold desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (84%), forests (7%), built-up areas (5%), and grasslands (4%).
The month of December is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 47°F to 43°F over the course of the month, exceeding 55°F or dropping below 32°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 28 with 9:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 9:57 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:57am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 5:06pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:15am on December 30; the earliest sunset is at 4:54pm on December 4.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in December, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 5% (clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 63% of the time, partly cloudy 3% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 15% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 3%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate snow, heavy snow, light rain, and light snow.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 46% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 9, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Heavy snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 0% of all days.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 25, when it is observed during 0% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around December 25, occurring in 2% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in December or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 32% (comfortable) to 83% (humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 18% (dry) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 39% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 21, rising above 76% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical December, the dew point typically varies from 11°F (dry) to 24°F (dry) and is rarely below 0°F (dry) or above 32°F (dry).
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 26 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 5, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 12, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).