This report describes the typical weather at the Taos Regional Airport (Taos, New Mexico, United States) weather station over the course of an average November. It is based on the historical records from 1992 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Taos, New Mexico has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (49%), shrublands (44%), and grasslands (7%).
The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 55°F to 44°F over the course of the month, exceeding 66°F or dropping below 33°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 46 minutes, implying an average day-over-day decrease of 1.5 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is November 30 with 9:52 hours of daylight; the longest day is November 1 with 10:38 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:30am on November 4; the latest sunset is at 6:05pm on November 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:28am on November 3; the earliest sunset is at 4:48pm on November 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 1:00am on November 4, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour earlier.
The median cloud cover is 4% (clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On November 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 58% of the time, partly cloudy 4% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 21% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 2%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout November, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 100% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around November 1, when it is observed during 4% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in November or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 28% (dry) to 83% (humid) over the course of a typical November, rarely dropping below 14% (very dry) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around November 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 36% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around November 30, rising above 74% (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 6°F (dry) to 26°F (dry) and is rarely below -5°F (dry) or above 36°F (dry).
Over the course of November typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around November 4, 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 November 25, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (moderate breeze).