Average Weather in December in The Dalles Oregon, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 45°F to 40°F, rarely falling below 29°F or exceeding 54°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 40°F on December 22.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 33°F to 29°F, rarely falling below 17°F or exceeding 42°F.
For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in The Dalles typically range from 62°F to 89°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 29°F to 40°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 The Dalles experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 68% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 17, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 32% of the time.
For reference, on January 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 70%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 83%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In The Dalles, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is decreasing, starting the month at 51% and ending it at 45%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 52% on November 28, and its lowest chance is 4% on August 5.
Over the course of December in The Dalles, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 42% to 27%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 6% to 13%, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 3% to 6%.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in The Dalles is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 5.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.2 inches or falls below 1.9 inches, and ending the month at 4.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.9 inches or falls below 1.3 inches.
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 The Dalles is increasing, starting the month at 0.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.2 inches, and ending the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in The Dalles, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 20, with 8 hours, 41 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 8 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in The Dalles is 7:24 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 7:45 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:20 PM on December 10 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:30 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in The Dalles 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 5:15 AM and sets 15 hours, 42 minutes later, at 8:57 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:42 AM and sets 8 hours, 42 minutes later, at 4:23 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in The Dalles is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 4, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% 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
The average hourly wind speed in The Dalles is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on June 7, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.5 miles per hour, while on October 7, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 6.1 miles per hour on December 3.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
The growing season in The Dalles typically lasts for 6.5 months (199 days), from around April 11 to around October 27, rarely starting before March 22 or after May 3, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 14.
The month of December in The Dalles is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in The Dalles are essentially constant during December, remaining within 2°F of 3,082°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in The Dalles is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 1.2 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.2 kWh on December 26.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of The Dalles are 45.595 deg latitude, -121.179 deg longitude, and 446 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of The Dalles contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,001 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 392 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,146 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (12,280 feet).
The area within 2 miles of The Dalles is covered by artificial surfaces (51%) and cropland (32%), within 10 miles by shrubs (42%) and grassland (32%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (52%) and trees (34%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in The Dalles 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 The Dalles.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and The Dalles 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 The Dalles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between The Dalles and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: The Dalles Municipal Airport (97%, 2.9 kilometers, north); Portland–Troutdale Airport (1.9%, 96 kilometers, west); and Roberts Field-Redmond Municipal Airport (0.8%, 149 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .