This report describes the typical weather at the Double Eagle II Airport (Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 2014 to 2017. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Albuquerque, New Mexico has a cold desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (84%), forests (7%), built-up areas (5%), and grasslands (4%).
The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 43Â°F to 34Â°F over the course of the month, exceeding 50Â°F or dropping below 28Â°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 13 with 9:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 9:58 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:57am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 5:06pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:15am on December 29; the earliest sunset is at 4:55pm on December 8.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2017 but it neither starts nor ends in December, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 35% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 54% of the time, partly cloudy 12% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 34% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 19%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are light snow, moderate snow, and moderate rain.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 23, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 31% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 14, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around December 23, occurring in 14% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in December or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 44% (comfortable) to 86% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 32% (comfortable), or exceeding 94% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 51% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 22, rising above 82% (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 December, the dew point typically varies from 14Â°F (dry) to 27Â°F (dry) and is rarely below 7Â°F (dry) or above 33Â°F (dry).
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 16 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 17, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 11, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).