This report describes the typical weather at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (Pensacola, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Pensacola, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (55%), forests (20%), croplands (16%), grasslands (7%), and built-up areas (3%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 67°F to 72°F over the course of the month, exceeding 78°F or dropping below 58°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 55 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.8 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:34 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:29 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:04am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:08pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:03am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 5:49pm on March 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 11, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover ranges from 59% (partly cloudy) to 68% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 9% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 37% of the time, partly cloudy 16% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 45% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 1, occurring in 39% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 30, occurring in 34% of days.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, thunderstorms, and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 33% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 16, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in March or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 52% (mildly humid) to 90% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 27% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 4, at which time the relative humidity drops below 67% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 23, rising above 85% (very 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 March, the dew point typically varies from 40°F (dry) to 60°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 23°F (dry) or above 70°F (muggy).
The time of the month between March 1 and March 31 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 16 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 15, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).