This report describes the typical weather at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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.
Santa Fe, 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 shrublands (61%), forests (20%), and grasslands (18%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 53°F to 60°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 1:08 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.2 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:26 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:34 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:22am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:26pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:20am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 6:00pm 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 is 29% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 44% of the time, partly cloudy 11% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 29% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 24%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are light snow, light rain, moderate snow, and thunderstorms.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 42% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around March 1, occurring in 18% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in March or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 23% (dry) to 84% (humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 10% (very dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 30, at which time the relative humidity drops below 28% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 1, rising above 72% (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 13°F (dry) to 27°F (dry) and is rarely below 1°F (dry) or above 37°F (dry).
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 21 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 28 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 7, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh breeze).