Average Weather in March in Columbia California, United States
In Columbia, the month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 5°F, from 58°F to 63°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 74°F or dropping below 49°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 40°F to 43°F, rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 50°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Columbia typically range from 63°F to 89°F, while on December 25, the coldest day of the year, they range from 37°F to 51°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
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 month of March in Columbia experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 55% to 48%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 52% of the time.
For reference, on February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Columbia, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 30% and ending it at 21%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 31% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on August 18.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Columbia is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 4.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.3 inches or falls below 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 2.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.9 inches or falls below 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Columbia, 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, 14 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 28 seconds, and weekly increase of 17 minutes, 14 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 23 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Columbia is 6:18 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:16 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:55 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 29 minutes later at 7:24 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 5:39 AM and sets 14 hours, 49 minutes later, at 8:27 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:14 AM and sets 9 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:45 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Columbia is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on September 10, 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 average hourly wind speed in Columbia is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on February 4, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.7 miles per hour, while on September 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during March is 5.2 miles per hour on March 26.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Columbia is rapidly increasing during March, rising by 1.6 kWh, from 4.0 kWh to 5.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Columbia are 38.036 deg latitude, -120.401 deg longitude, and 2,119 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Columbia contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,490 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,215 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,413 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (11,565 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Columbia is covered by shrubs (52%), trees (33%), and grassland (15%), within 10 miles by shrubs (47%) and trees (25%), and within 50 miles by trees (27%) and grassland (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Columbia 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 6 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Columbia.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Columbia 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 Columbia is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Columbia and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Modesto City-County Airport (21%, 67 kilometers, southwest); Castle Airport (20%, 74 kilometers, south); Stockton Metropolitan Airport (19%, 74 kilometers, west); Placerville Airport (24%, 82 kilometers, north); Bridgeport Sonora Junction (9%, 85 kilometers, northeast); and Lake Tahoe Airport (9%, 102 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .