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Average Weather in December in Rancho Cordova California, United States

In Rancho Cordova, the month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 5°F, from 58°F to 53°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 65°F or dropping below 46°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 41°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 30°F or exceeding 51°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 38°F on December 31.

For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Rancho Cordova typically range from 60°F to 95°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 53°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in December

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in December

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The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

The month of December in Rancho Cordova experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 53% throughout the month.

The clearest day of the month is December 8, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 49% of the time.

For reference, on February 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.

Cloud Cover in December

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Rancho Cordova, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 27% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 31% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 21.

Probability of Precipitation in December

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Rancho Cordova is gradually increasing, starting the month at 3.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.6 inches or falls below 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 3.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.0 inches or falls below 0.3 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in December

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

Over the course of December in Rancho Cordova, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 28 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month in Rancho Cordova is 7:04 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 19 minutes later at 7:22 AM on December 31.

The earliest sunset is 4:43 PM on December 6 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:54 PM on December 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Rancho Cordova during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:41 AM and sets 14 hours, 52 minutes later, at 8:33 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:19 AM and sets 9 hours, 28 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December

The solar day over the course of December. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Rancho Cordova is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 30, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in December

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The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Rancho Cordova is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.6 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on July 20, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.8 miles per hour, while on October 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.9 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during December is 3.7 miles per hour on December 14.

Average Wind Speed in December

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Rancho Cordova throughout December is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 38% on December 1.

Wind Direction in December

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Rancho Cordova is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 2.2 kWh throughout.

The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 2.1 kWh on December 21.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Rancho Cordova are 38.589 deg latitude, -121.303 deg longitude, and 92 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Rancho Cordova contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 112 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 84 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (397 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (6,079 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Rancho Cordova is covered by artificial surfaces (89%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (54%) and grassland (29%), and within 50 miles by cropland (34%) and grassland (28%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Rancho Cordova year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Rancho Cordova.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Rancho Cordova according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Rancho Cordova is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Rancho Cordova and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sacramento Mather Airport (91%, 2.5 kilometers, south); Mc Clellan Airfield (8%, 12 kilometers, northwest); and Placerville Airport (0.4%, 50 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.