This report describes the typical weather at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (Reno, Nevada, United States) weather station over the course of an average November. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Reno, Nevada has a cold semi-arid steppe climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (66%), forests (23%), grasslands (8%), and lakes and rivers (3%).
The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 61°F to 49°F over the course of the month, exceeding 72°F or dropping below 38°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of November, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 53 minutes, implying an average day-over-day decrease of 1.8 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is November 30 with 9:37 hours of daylight; the longest day is November 1 with 10:29 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:32am on November 4; the latest sunset is at 5:57pm on November 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:30am on November 3; the earliest sunset is at 4:36pm on November 29.
Daylight savings time (DST) ends at 1:00am on November 4, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour earlier.
The median cloud cover ranges from 37% (mostly clear) to 55% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming rapidly cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 19% from the start to the end of the month.
On November 1, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
On November 30, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 56% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 43% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around November 30, occurring in 29% of days. Precipitation is least likely around November 2, occurring in 22% of days.
Throughout November, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, light snow, and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 36% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 17, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 29, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around November 22, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around November 30, occurring in 15% of days.
Accumulation at this location in November is very unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around November 19, occurring 8% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on November 3, with a median depth of 4.3"; the depth exceeds 7.6" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 28% (dry) to 85% (very humid) over the course of a typical November, rarely dropping below 15% (very dry) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around November 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 35% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around November 30, rising above 79% (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 November, the dew point typically varies from 18°F (dry) to 33°F (dry) and is rarely below 8°F (dry) or above 41°F (dry).
Over the course of November typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 12 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 27 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around November 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around November 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (gentle breeze).