Average Weather in March in Los Alamos California, United States
Daily low temperatures are around 43°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 51°F.
For reference, on September 10, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Los Alamos typically range from 54°F to 73°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 61°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
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 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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 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.
Quilpué, Chile (5,658 miles away) and São Joaquim, Brazil (6,331 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Los Alamos (view comparison).
The month of March in Los Alamos experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 44% to 35%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 65% of the time.
For reference, on February 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 45%, while on August 9, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
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.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Los Alamos, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 20% and ending it at 12%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 22% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on August 7.
Probability of Precipitation in March
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).
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 March in Los Alamos is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 3.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.9 inches or falls below 0.3 inches, and ending the month at 1.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
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.
Over the course of March in Los Alamos, 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, 5 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 11 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 17 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 27 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
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 Los Alamos is 6:16 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:15 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:57 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 25 minutes later at 7:21 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 5:48 AM and sets 14 hours, 29 minutes later, at 8:17 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:04 AM and sets 9 hours, 49 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The solar day over the course of March. 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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.
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 Los Alamos is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 5, 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 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.
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 Los Alamos is gradually increasing during March, increasing from 9.3 miles per hour to 9.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on May 9, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour, while on August 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
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 Los Alamos throughout March is predominantly from the north
, with a peak proportion of 54%
on March 28
Wind Direction in March
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).
Los Alamos is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Los Alamos is essentially constant during March, remaining around 55°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in March
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
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 Los Alamos typically lasts for 9.3 months (279 days), from around February 26 to around December 2, rarely starting before January 3 or after April 8, and rarely ending before November 14 or after December 23.
The month of March in Los Alamos is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 53% to 84% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.
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 Los Alamos are gradually increasing during March, increasing by 129°F, from 204°F to 333°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of March, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
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 Los Alamos is rapidly increasing during March, rising by 1.6 kWh, from 4.6 kWh to 6.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Los Alamos are 34.744 deg latitude, -120.278 deg longitude, and 830 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Los Alamos contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,073 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 765 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,372 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,814 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Los Alamos is covered by grassland (78%) and cropland (16%), within 10 miles by grassland (70%) and shrubs (18%), and within 50 miles by water (43%) and shrubs (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Los Alamos 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 Los Alamos.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Los Alamos 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 Los Alamos is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Los Alamos and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lompoc Airport (30%, 19 kilometers, southwest); Santa Maria Airport (30%, 23 kilometers, northwest); and Santa Ynez Airport (40%, 24 kilometers, southeast).
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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