This report describes the typical weather at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (Reno, Nevada, 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.
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 March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 53°F to 59°F over the course of the month, exceeding 71°F or dropping below 42°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:18 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.5 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:21 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:39 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:18am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:23pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:16am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 5:52pm on March 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 11, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover ranges from 61% (partly cloudy) to 66% (partly cloudy).
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 37% of the time, partly cloudy 17% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 44% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 2, occurring in 35% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 31, occurring in 31% of days.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are light snow, light rain, moderate rain, and moderate snow.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 2, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 31% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 29, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 4, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around March 2, occurring in 20% of days.
Accumulation at this location in March is very unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around March 1, occurring 5% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on March 1, with a median depth of 1.2"; the depth exceeds 5.0" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 24% (dry) to 83% (humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 12% (very dry) and reaching as high as 97% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 31, at which time the relative humidity drops below 30% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 1, 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 March, the dew point typically varies from 17°F (dry) to 31°F (dry) and is rarely below 7°F (dry) or above 37°F (dry).
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 18 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 28 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).