Average Weather in December in South Taft California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 62°F to 59°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 70°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 59°F on December 26.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 41°F to 39°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 49°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 38°F on December 29.
For reference, on July 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in South Taft typically range from 67°F to 94°F, while on December 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 59°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
The month of December in South Taft experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 40% to 46%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 46% on December 28.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 60% of the time.
For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 47%, while on August 9, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In South Taft, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is increasing, starting the month at 12% and ending it at 18%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 22% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 1% on July 29.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in South Taft is increasing, starting the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.6 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 2.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.7 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in South Taft, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in South Taft is 6:47 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 7:06 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:45 PM on December 5 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:55 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in South Taft during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:43 AM and sets 14 hours, 32 minutes later, at 8:15 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:02 AM and sets 9 hours, 47 minutes later, at 4:49 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in South Taft is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on September 11, 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 December
The average hourly wind speed in South Taft is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.1 miles per hour, while on August 28, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 6.0 miles per hour on December 22.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
South Taft 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 South Taft is essentially constant during December, remaining within 1°F of 57°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in December
The growing season in South Taft typically lasts for 10 months (310 days), from around January 29 to around December 5, rarely starting after March 12, or ending before November 16.
The smallest chance that a given day will be within the growing season in South Taft during December is 19% on December 27.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in South Taft are gradually increasing during December, increasing by 76°F, from 4,792°F to 4,867°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in South Taft is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 2.9 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 2.8 kWh on December 26.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of South Taft are 35.135 deg latitude, -119.456 deg longitude, and 1,007 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of South Taft contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 988 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,086 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,353 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,776 feet).
The area within 2 miles of South Taft is covered by shrubs (86%) and grassland (11%), within 10 miles by grassland (49%) and shrubs (43%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (36%) and grassland (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in South Taft 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in South Taft.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and South Taft 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 South Taft is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between South Taft and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Meadows Field (40%, 49 kilometers, northeast); Sandberg (10%, 80 kilometers, southeast); Santa Ynez Airport (20%, 82 kilometers, southwest); Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (17%, 86 kilometers, southwest); and Oxnard Airport (13%, 106 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .