Average Weather in December in Forest Ranch California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 51°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 58°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 47°F on December 28.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 35°F to 32°F, rarely falling below 24°F or exceeding 44°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 December
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
The month of December 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 highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61% on December 28.
The clearest day of the month is December 10, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 43% 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 December
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 December is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 33% and ending it at 31%.
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 December in Forest Ranch, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 32% to 27%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 1% to 3%, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December
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 Forest Ranch is gradually increasing, starting the month at 5.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 10.9 inches or falls below 1.1 inches, and ending the month at 6.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 12.2 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 6.1 inches on December 15.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
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 December in Forest Ranch is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.4 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.1 inches on December 28.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Forest Ranch, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 20 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Forest Ranch is 7:09 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 19 minutes later at 7:28 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:41 PM on December 7 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:51 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Forest Ranch during 2018, 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 5:38 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 and Daylight Saving Time in December
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 December, 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 December
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 December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.8 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.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 8.0 miles per hour on December 18.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
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 December in Forest Ranch is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season decreasing from 12% to -0% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
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 December, remaining within 4°F of 3,553°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
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 essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 2.0 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.9 kWh on December 20.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
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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