Average Weather in January in Truckee California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 39°F to 42°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 53°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 17°F, rarely falling below 2°F or exceeding 30°F.
For reference, on July 29, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Truckee typically range from 41°F to 82°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 16°F to 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
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 January. 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 January
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.
Ростуша, Macedonia (6,333 miles away); Orta, Turkey (6,669 miles); and Fareydūnshahr, Iran (7,413 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Truckee (view comparison).
The month of January in Truckee 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 January 27, 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 55%, 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 January
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 Truckee, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 29% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 34% on February 24, and its lowest chance is 2% on July 19.
Over the course of January in Truckee, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 7% throughout, 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 7% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in January
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 January in Truckee is essentially constant, remaining about 2.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 7.0 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 2.4 inches on January 10.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
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.
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 January in Truckee is essentially constant, remaining about 1.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.0 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
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.
Over the course of January in Truckee, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 44 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 28 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 15 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 9 hours, 28 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
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 Truckee is 7:20 AM on January 4 and the earliest sunrise is 12 minutes earlier at 7:08 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:48 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 32 minutes later at 5:20 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Truckee during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during January, 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, 57 minutes later, at 8:30 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:17 AM and sets 9 hours, 24 minutes later, at 4:40 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
The solar day over the course of January. 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.
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 Truckee is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on June 28, 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 January
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 Truckee is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 6.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 21, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.5 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.8 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during January is 5.9 miles per hour on January 21.
Average Wind Speed in January
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 Truckee throughout January is predominantly from the south
, with a peak proportion of 42%
on January 10
Wind Direction in January
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).
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 Truckee typically lasts for 1.8 months (56 days), from around July 4 to around August 29, rarely starting before June 10, or ending after September 20.
The month of January in Truckee is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
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 Truckee are essentially constant during January, remaining within 1°F of 1°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in January
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of January, 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 Truckee is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 2.3 kWh to 3.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
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 Truckee are 39.328 deg latitude, -120.183 deg longitude, and 6,010 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Truckee contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 988 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,045 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,832 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,200 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Truckee is covered by trees (67%) and shrubs (33%), within 10 miles by trees (72%) and shrubs (27%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (46%) and trees (46%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Truckee 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Truckee.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Truckee 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 Truckee is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Truckee and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Truckee Tahoe Airport (97%, 3.9 kilometers, east) and Blue Canyon-Nyack Airport (3.1%, 46 kilometers, west).
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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