Historical Weather For 1969 in El Paso, Texas, USA

Location

This report describes the historical weather record at the El Paso International Airport (El Paso, Texas, United States) during 1969. This station has records back to February 1948.

El Paso, Texas has a cold desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (88%), grasslands (5%), forests (5%), and built-up areas (3%)

Calendar

Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at El Paso, Texas during 1969. There were two time changes during 1969:

  • DST started on Sunday April 27, 1969 at 3:00 am, from MST (GMT-7) to MDT (GMT-6).
  • DST ended on Sunday October 26, 1969 at 1:00 am, from MDT (GMT-6) to MST (GMT-7).

1969 was not a leap year, so it has 365 days and no February 29th. The first leap year before 1969 was 1968 and the first after was 1972.

The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 1969 they occurred on:

Spring Equinox Thursday, 20 March 1969.
Summer Solstice Saturday, 21 June 1969.
Fall Equinox Tuesday, 23 September 1969.
Winter Solstice Monday, 22 December 1969.

Temperature

The hottest day of 1969 was June 28, with a high temperature of 103°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 97°F and the high temperature exceeds 103°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 1969 was August with an average daily high temperature of 96°F.

Relative to the average, the hottest day was December 22. The high temperature that day was 73°F, compared to the average of 56°F, a difference of 17°F. In relative terms the warmest month was August, with an average high temperature of 96°F, compared to an typical value of 92°F.

The longest warm spell was from July 29 to August 26, constituting 29 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of August had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 81% days with higher than average high temperatures.

Temperature

The daily low (blue) and high (red) temperature during 1969 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile). The bar at the top of the graph is red where both the daily high and low are above average, blue where they are both below average, and white otherwise.

The coldest day of 1969 was January 5, with a low temperature of 23°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 32°F and the low temperature drops below 23°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 1969 was February with an average daily low temperature of 37°F.

Relative to the average, the coldest day was March 13. The low temperature that day was 25°F, compared to the average of 43°F, a difference of 18°F. In relative terms the coldest month was March, with an average low temperature of 38°F, compared to an typical value of 43°F.

The longest cold spell was from March 2 to March 19, constituting 18 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of March had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 77% days with lower than average low temperatures.

Hourly Temperature Bands

The full year of hourly temperature reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The hourly temperature measurement is color coded into meaningful temperature bands: frigid is purple (below 15°F), freezing is blue (15°F to 32°F), cold is dark green (32°F to 50°F), cool is light green (50°F to 65°F), comfortable is yellow (65°F to 75°F), warm is light red (75°F to 85°F), hot is medium red (85°F to 100°F), sweltering is dark red (above 100°F), and missing data is pink.

Clouds

The clearest month of 1969 was June, with 93% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from September 21 to October 20, constituting 30 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.

Cloud Coverage

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories over the course of 1969 on a daily basis. 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. The bar at the top of the graph is gray if the sky was cloudy or mostly cloudy for more than half the day, blue if it is clear or mostly clear for more than half the day, and blue-gray otherwise.

The cloudiest month of 1969 was February, with 14% of days being more cloudy than clear.

Hourly Cloud Coverage

The full year of hourly cloud coverage reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The sky cover is color coded: from most blue to 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

This station reports both the quantity of liquid precipitation and categorical observations of precipitation (e.g., moderate rain, or heavy snow). Both are subject to erroneous reports, but the former is particularly prone to false reports, especially ones indicating an excessive quantity of precipitation. Please bear this in mind when reading the extrema reported in this section.

Liquid Equivalent Quantity

The day with the largest quantity of precipitation was December 3. That day saw 0.240" of liquid (or liquid equivalent) precipitation, compared to a median value of 0.113". The month with the most precipitation was December, with 0.331", compared to a median value of 0.435".

As determined by quantitative measurements, the longest dry spell was from March 23 to May 22, constituting 61 consecutive days with no measured precipitation. The months April and June were completely without measured precipitation.

The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some measured precipitation was October, with 16% of days reporting some measured precipitation.

Precipitation Quantity

The daily measured quantity of liquid (or liquid equivalent in the case of solid precipitation) precipitation over the course of 1969, with the median non-zero quantity (thick gray line) and 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th non-zero percentiles (shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is green if any precipitation was measured that day and white otherwise.

Present Weather Reports

This station reports when significant weather events (including precipitation) are visually observed at or near the station. Such events do not always correspond to measured quantities of liquid equivalent precipitation, such as when the event is near by not at the station, or in the case of solid precipitation that does not melt in the collection basin.

The day in 1969 with the most precipitation observations was December 29. There were 6 hourly weather reports that day (out of a maximum of 24) in which some form of precipitation was observated at or near the station. The month with the most precipitation observations was December, with 16 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.

Precipitation Reports

The daily number of hourly observed precipitation reports during 1969, color coded according to precipitation type, and stacked in order of severity. From the bottom up, the categories are thunderstorms (orange); heavy, moderate, and light snow (dark to light blue); heavy, moderate, and light rain (dark to light green); and drizzle (lightest green). Not all categories are necessarily present in this particular graph. The faint shaded areas indicate climate normals. The bar at the top of the graph is green if any precipitation was observed that day and white otherwise.

As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from April 11 to May 13, constituting 33 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was April, with 97% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.

The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was July, with 32% of days reporting some observed precipitation.

Hourly Weather Reports

The full year of hourly present weather reports with the days of the year on the horizontal and the hours of the day on the vertical. The color-coded categories are thunderstorms (orange); heavy, moderate, and light snow (dark to light blue); heavy, moderate, and light rain (dark to light green); drizzle (lightest green); freezing rain and sleet (light and dark cyan); snow grains (lightest blue); hail (red); fog (gray); and haze (brownish gray).

Liquid Precipitation Reports

In this section we consider only those weather reports that indicate liquid precipitation. For the purposes of this analysis, we include thunderstorms even though some thunderstorms are not accompanied by liquid precipitation.

The month of 1969 with the largest number of those reports was July, with a total of 13 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was December 3, with a total of 4 reports.

Liquid Precipitation Reports

The daily number of hourly observed liquid precipitation reports (including thunderstorms) during 1969, with climate normals (faint shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is green if any liquid precipitation was observed that day and white otherwise.

Snow

This station reports when snow is observed falling but does not report the quantity of snow that has fallen or the depth of snow on the ground.

Reports

In this section we consider hourly weather reports that contain an observation of falling snow. These reports do not necessarily correspond to accumulation.

The first reported snow fall in 1969 was on November 27; the last was on March 15. The month of 1969 with the largest number of those reports was November, with a total of 9 reports. The day with the largest number of those reports was December 29, with a total of 6 reports.

Snow Reports

The daily number of hourly observed snow reports during 1969, with climate normals (faint shaded areas). The bar at the top of the graph is blue if there was snow fall observed that day and white otherwise.

Humidity

Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.

When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 1969 was April with an average daily low humidity of 12%, and the most humid month was January with an average daily low humidity of 31%.

But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.

Humidity

The daily low (brown) and high (blue) relative humidity during 1969 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.

Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.

To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 1969, January had 31 dry days, no comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 30 dry days, no comfortable days, and no humid days; July had no dry days, 31 comfortable days, and no humid days; and October had 21 dry days, 10 comfortable days, and no humid days.

Dew Point

The daily low (blue) and high (red) dew point during 1969 with the area between them shaded gray and superimposed over the corresponding averages (thick lines), and with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

The highest sustained wind speed was 40 mph, occurring on March 23; the highest daily mean wind speed was 20 mph (March 23);

The windiest month was June, with an average wind speed of 10 mph. The least windy month was November, with an average wind speed of 5 mph.

Wind Speed

The daily low and high wind speed (light gray area) and the maximum daily wind gust speed (tiny blue dashes).

Visibility

Visibility is the maximum distance at which a given reference object or light can be clearly discerned. In the United States, visibilities that are greater than or equal to 10 miles are typically reported as 10 miles.

The day of 1969 with the lowest average visibility was November 27, with an average visibility of 7.5 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was December, with an average visibility of 23.0 mi. With an average visibility of 34.2 mi, the month of February had the highest average visibility.

Visibility

The daily average visibility, depicted as gray bars encroaching down from the top of the graph.

Cloud Ceiling

This station did not reliably report the cloud ceiling during 1969.