Average Weather in March in Alta Sierra California, United States
In Alta Sierra, the month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 5°F, from 57°F to 62°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 73°F or dropping below 48°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 2°F, from 43°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 53°F.
For reference, on July 28, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Alta Sierra typically range from 67°F to 89°F, while on December 27, the coldest day of the year, they range from 39°F to 52°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on March. 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 March
The month of March in Alta Sierra experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 60% to 52%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 48% of the time.
For reference, on February 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 60%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 90%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Alta Sierra, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 35% and ending it at 24%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on February 28, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 21.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Alta Sierra is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 5.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 11.0 inches or falls below 1.2 inches, and ending the month at 3.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.1 inches or falls below 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Alta Sierra, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 17 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 34 seconds, and weekly increase of 17 minutes, 56 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 21 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 38 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Alta Sierra is 6:21 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 7:19 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:57 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 30 minutes later at 7:27 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 12, 2017, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:38 AM and sets 14 hours, 55 minutes later, at 8:33 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:20 AM and sets 9 hours, 25 minutes later, at 4:44 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Alta Sierra is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on May 16, 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 March
The average hourly wind speed in Alta Sierra is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour, while on September 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Alta Sierra is rapidly increasing during March, rising by 1.6 kWh, from 3.7 kWh to 5.3 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Alta Sierra are 39.142 deg latitude, -121.054 deg longitude, and 2,119 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Alta Sierra contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 971 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,092 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,205 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,331 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Alta Sierra is covered by shrubs (93%), within 10 miles by shrubs (56%) and trees (24%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Alta Sierra 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 Alta Sierra.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Alta Sierra 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 Alta Sierra is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Alta Sierra and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Auburn Municipal Airport (72%, 21 kilometers, south); Beale Air Force Base (18%, 33 kilometers, west); and Blue Canyon-Nyack Airport (10%, 33 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .