Average Weather in March in Fossil Oregon, United States
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 29°F to 32°F, rarely falling below 20°F or exceeding 41°F.
For reference, on July 30, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Fossil typically range from 53°F to 84°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 24°F to 37°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 Fossil experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 64% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 66% on March 1.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 38% of the time.
For reference, on January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 82%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Fossil, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 22% and ending it at 19%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 27% on December 1, and its lowest chance is 5% on August 7.
Over the course of March in Fossil, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 18% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 1% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Fossil is essentially constant, remaining about 0.8 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.6 inches or falling below 0.2 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.8 inches on March 20.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
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 March in Fossil is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.4 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in Fossil, 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, 34 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 9 seconds, and weekly increase of 22 minutes, 3 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 11 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Fossil is 6:20 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 7:18 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:48 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:27 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 5:14 AM and sets 15 hours, 37 minutes later, at 8:51 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:36 AM and sets 8 hours, 46 minutes later, at 4:22 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Fossil is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
The average hourly wind speed in Fossil is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.9 miles per hour, while on August 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
The growing season in Fossil typically lasts for 4.6 months (141 days), from around May 12 to around September 30, rarely starting before April 22 or after May 29, and rarely ending before September 12 or after October 18.
The month of March in Fossil is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The average accumulated growing degree days in Fossil are essentially constant during March, remaining within 12°F of 19°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Fossil is increasing during March, rising by 1.4 kWh, from 3.0 kWh to 4.4 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 Fossil are 44.998 deg latitude, -120.216 deg longitude, and 3,196 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fossil contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,962 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,212 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,647 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fossil is covered by shrubs (95%), within 10 miles by shrubs (95%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (81%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fossil 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 Fossil.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fossil 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 Fossil is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fossil and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: The Dalles Municipal Airport (22%, 102 kilometers, northwest); Roberts Field-Redmond Municipal Airport (30%, 110 kilometers, southwest); Hermiston Municipal Airport (21%, 119 kilometers, northeast); and John Day State Airport (27%, 119 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .