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 year. It is based on the historical records from 2001 to 2012. 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%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 20Â°F to 91Â°F and is rarely below 12Â°F or above 96Â°F.
The warm season lasts from May 23 to September 9 with an average daily high temperature above 81Â°F. The hottest day of the year is July 10, with an average high of 91Â°F and low of 62Â°F.
The cold season lasts from November 19 to February 26 with an average daily high temperature below 52Â°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 20Â°F and high of 43Â°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 9:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 14:32 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:52am on June 9 and the latest sunset is at 8:26pm on June 25. The latest sunrise is at 7:31am on November 3 and the earliest sunset is at 4:54pm on December 4.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.
The median cloud cover ranges from 2% (clear) to 17% (mostly clear). The sky is cloudiest on August 5 and clearest on November 7. The clearer part of the year begins around September 17. The cloudier part of the year begins around June 26.
On November 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 13% of the time.
On August 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 23% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 46% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around August 14, occurring in 6% of days. Precipitation is least likely around February 4, occurring in 1% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, moderate rain, and moderate snow.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 35% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 14, when it is observed during 4% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 4, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around July 14, when it is observed during 1% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 15% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 2, when it is observed during 2% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from May 23 to September 9, there is a 4% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (59% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), light rain (21%), and moderate rain (18%).
During the cold season, which lasts from November 19 to February 26, there is a 2% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate snow (48% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate snow), light snow (20%), heavy snow (15%), and light rain (8%).
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around January 2, occurring in 3% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 10% (very dry) to 83% (humid) over the course of the year, dropping as low as 5% (very dry) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around June 8, at which time the relative humidity drops below 12% (very dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 21, exceeding 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 year, the dew point typically varies from 8Â°F (dry) to 57Â°F (comfortable) and is rarely below -5Â°F (dry) or above 62Â°F (mildy humid).
The time of the year between July 6 and September 7 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 22 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 31 mph (high wind).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 19, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 12, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).