Average Weather in January in Forest Ranch California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 47°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 60°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 32°F to 35°F, rarely falling below 24°F or exceeding 43°F.
For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Forest Ranch typically range from 61°F to 89°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 32°F to 47°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. 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 January
The month of January in Forest Ranch experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 59% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is January 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 42% of the time.
For reference, on February 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 90%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Forest Ranch, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 33% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on February 28, and its lowest chance is 1% on July 27.
Over the course of January in Forest Ranch, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 28% to 32%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain decreases from 3% to 1%, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in January
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 January in Forest Ranch is essentially constant, remaining about 5.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 12.1 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 5.8 inches on January 15.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during January in Forest Ranch is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.4 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
Over the course of January in Forest Ranch, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 45 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 30 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 29 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 9 hours, 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Forest Ranch is 7:28 AM on January 5 and the earliest sunrise is 13 minutes earlier at 7:15 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:52 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 32 minutes later at 5:25 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Forest Ranch during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:38 AM and sets 15 hours, 0 minutes later, at 8:38 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:24 AM and sets 9 hours, 20 minutes later, at 4:45 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
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 Forest Ranch is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on October 6, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
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 Forest Ranch is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.0 miles per hour, while on June 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Forest Ranch typically lasts for 7.3 months (224 days), from around April 4 to around November 14, rarely starting before February 27 or after April 25, and rarely ending before October 27 or after December 3.
The month of January in Forest Ranch is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Forest Ranch are essentially constant during January, remaining within 5°F of 5°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in January
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 Forest Ranch is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 1.9 kWh to 2.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Forest Ranch are 39.882 deg latitude, -121.673 deg longitude, and 2,198 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Forest Ranch contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,146 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,133 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,728 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,315 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Forest Ranch is covered by trees (95%), within 10 miles by trees (56%) and shrubs (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (40%) and grassland (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Forest Ranch 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 is only a single weather station, Chico Municipal Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Forest Ranch.
At a distance of 18 kilometers from Forest Ranch, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Forest Ranch according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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