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Average Weather in May in Vandenberg Village California, United States

In Vandenberg Village, the month of May is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 65°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 73°F or dropping below 59°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 47°F to 50°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 55°F.

For reference, on October 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Vandenberg Village typically range from 53°F to 71°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 41°F to 62°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in May

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 May. 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 May

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The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 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.

Clouds

The month of May in Vandenberg Village experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 27% to 20%.

The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 80% 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 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 93%.

Cloud Cover in May

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.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Vandenberg Village, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 6% and ending it at 2%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 23% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 29.

Probability of Precipitation in May

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).

Rainfall

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 May in Vandenberg Village is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the month at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.6 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in May

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.

Sun

Over the course of May in Vandenberg Village, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 43 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 27 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 8 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 36 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May

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 latest sunrise of the month in Vandenberg Village is 6:11 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 21 minutes earlier at 5:50 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 7:47 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 22 minutes later at 8:09 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Vandenberg Village during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:49 AM and sets 14 hours, 29 minutes later, at 8:18 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:05 AM and sets 9 hours, 50 minutes later, at 4:55 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May

The solar day over the course of May. 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.

Humidity

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 Vandenberg Village is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 14, 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 May

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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.

Wind

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 Vandenberg Village is essentially constant during May, remaining around 6.2 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on May 24, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour, while on October 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during May is 6.2 miles per hour on May 24.

Average Wind Speed in May

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The wind direction in Vandenberg Village during May is predominantly out of the north from May 1 to May 17 and the west from May 17 to May 31.

Wind Direction in May

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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).

Water Temperature

Vandenberg Village 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 Vandenberg Village is essentially constant during May, remaining around 55°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in May

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 Vandenberg Village is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 7.4 kWh to 8.2 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Vandenberg Village are 34.708 deg latitude, -120.468 deg longitude, and 364 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Vandenberg Village contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 840 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 378 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,011 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,814 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Vandenberg Village is covered by shrubs (35%), cropland (26%), grassland (21%), and artificial surfaces (17%), within 10 miles by grassland (43%) and shrubs (21%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and shrubs (20%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Vandenberg Village 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Vandenberg Village.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Vandenberg Village 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 Vandenberg Village is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Vandenberg Village and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lompoc Airport (29%, 4.6 kilometers, south); Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base (31%, 9 kilometers, west); Vandenberg Range (31%, 9 kilometers, west); and Santa Maria Airport (9%, 21 kilometers, north).

Other Data

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.