Average Weather In December For Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Location

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%).

Temperature

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.

Daily High and Low Temperature in December

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).
Daily low temperatures are around 21°F, falling below 12°F or exceeding 30°F only one day in ten.

Fraction of Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands in December

The average fraction of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid (below 15°F), freezing (15°F to 32°F), cold (32°F to 50°F), cool (50°F to 65°F), comfortable (65°F to 75°F), warm (75°F to 85°F), hot (85°F to 100°F) and sweltering (above 100°F).

Sun

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.

Daily Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line), with various degrees of daylight, twilight, and night, indicated by the color bands. From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray): full daylight, solar twilight (Sun is visible but less than 6° from the horizon), civil twilight (Sun is not visible but is less than 6° below the horizon), nautical twilight (Sun is between 6° and 12° below the horizon), astronomical twilight (Sun is between 12° and 18° below the horizon), and full night.

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.

Daily Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December

The solar day over the course of the year 2012 . From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (solar, civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the "DST" labels.

Clouds

The median cloud cover is 5% (clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.

Median Cloud Cover in December

The median daily cloud cover (black line) with percentile bands (inner band from 40th to 60th percentile, outer band from 25th to 75th percentile).

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.

Cloud Cover Types in December

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories. From top (most blue) to bottom (most gray), the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside of the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data.

Precipitation

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.

Probability of Precipitation at Some Point in the Day in December

The fraction of days in which various types of precipitation are observed. If more than one type of precipitation is reported in a given day, the more severe precipitation is counted. For example, if light rain is observed in the same day as a thunderstorm, that day counts towards the thunderstorm totals. The order of severity is from the top down in this graph, with the most severe at the bottom.

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.

Types of Precipitation Throughout December

Relative frequency of various types of precipitation over the course of a typical December.

Snow

The likelihood of snow falling is highest around December 25, occurring in 2% of days.

Probability of Snow Fall Being Reported in a Given Day in December

Probability that snow will be reported at least once in a given day.

Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in December or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.

Humidity

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.

Relative Humidity in December

The average daily high (blue) and low (brown) relative humidity with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

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).

Dew Point in December

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) dew point with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

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).

Wind Speed in December

The average daily minimum (red), maximum (green), and average (black) wind speed with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).
The wind is most often out of the north west (14% of the time), north (13% of the time), west (13% of the time), and south (12% of the time). The wind is least often out of the east (4% of the time) and north east (5% of the time).

Wind Directions in December

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions over the entire year. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.

Fraction of Time Spent with Various Wind Directions in December

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions on a daily basis. Stacked values do not always sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.