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Average Weather in February in Tahoe Vista California, United States

Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 17°F to 21°F, rarely falling below 5°F or exceeding 31°F.

For reference, on July 29, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Tahoe Vista typically range from 42°F to 80°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 15°F to 37°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in February

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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 February. 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 February

Average Hourly Temperature in February in Tahoe Vista181522112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282812 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanMarfreezingfreezingvery coldcold
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.

Seyne-les-Alpes, France (5,775 miles away); Ростуша, Macedonia (6,335 miles); and Atkaracalar, Turkey (6,660 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Tahoe Vista (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of February in Tahoe Vista experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 53% throughout the month.

The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 48% of the time.

For reference, on March 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 54%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 89%.

Cloud Cover Categories in February

Cloud Cover Categories in February in Tahoe Vista18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMarFeb 148%Feb 148%Feb 2847%Feb 2847%Feb 1148%Feb 1148%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Tahoe Vista, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is increasing, starting the month at 29% and ending it at 33%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on February 27, and its lowest chance is 2% on July 19.

Over the course of February in Tahoe Vista, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 6% to 8%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 15% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 9% throughout.

Probability of Precipitation in February

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 February in Tahoe Vista is essentially constant, remaining about 2.0 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 5.1 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.2 inches on February 17.

Average Monthly Rainfall in February

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.

Snowfall

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 February in Tahoe Vista is essentially constant, remaining about 1.7 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.0 inches or falling below 0.2 inches.

The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 1.8 inches on February 17.

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in February

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The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

Over the course of February in Tahoe Vista, 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, 3 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 21 seconds, and weekly increase of 16 minutes, 28 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 15 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February in Tahoe Vista18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrJanMarnightnightdaydayFeb 110 hr, 15 minFeb 110 hr, 15 minFeb 2811 hr, 18 minFeb 2811 hr, 18 min
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 Tahoe Vista is 7:06 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 33 minutes earlier at 6:33 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 5:21 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 31 minutes later at 5:51 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Tahoe Vista during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during February, so the entire month is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:34 AM and sets 14 hours, 56 minutes later, at 8:30 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:16 AM and sets 9 hours, 24 minutes later, at 4:40 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February in Tahoe Vista18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanMar6:33 AM6:33 AMFeb 285:51 PMFeb 285:51 PM7:06 AM7:06 AMFeb 15:21 PMFeb 15:21 PM6:56 AM6:56 AMFeb 115:33 PMFeb 115:33 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of February. 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 Tahoe Vista is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

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 Tahoe Vista is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 6.4 miles per hour to 6.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on April 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.1 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in February

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 Tahoe Vista throughout February is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 38% on February 3.

Wind Direction in February

Wind Direction in February in Tahoe VistaSW18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMarwestsoutheastnorth
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).

Growing Season

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 Tahoe Vista typically lasts for 2.2 months (67 days), from around June 26 to around September 1, rarely starting before June 4, or ending after September 22.

The month of February in Tahoe Vista is reliably fully outside of the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February in Tahoe Vista18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMar0%Feb 150%Feb 150%Mar 30%Mar 3frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
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 Tahoe Vista are essentially constant during February, remaining within 1°F of 2°F throughout.

Growing Degree Days in February

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of February, 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 Tahoe Vista is increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 3.2 kWh to 4.2 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February

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 Tahoe Vista are 39.240 deg latitude, -120.051 deg longitude, and 6,490 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Tahoe Vista contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,512 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,496 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,125 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,026 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Tahoe Vista is covered by trees (60%) and water (35%), within 10 miles by trees (54%) and water (30%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (50%) and trees (42%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Tahoe Vista 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 Tahoe Vista.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Truckee Tahoe Airport (56%, 12 kilometers, northwest); Carson Airport (12%, 28 kilometers, east); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (9%, 36 kilometers, northeast); and Lake Tahoe Airport (23%, 38 kilometers, south).

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.

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