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Average Weather in August in Richgrove California, United States

In Richgrove, the month of August is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 3°F, from 98°F to 95°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 104°F or dropping below 87°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 66°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 74°F.

For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Richgrove typically range from 67°F to 98°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 57°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in August

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 August. 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 August

Average Hourly Temperature in August in Richgrove18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJulSephotcoolwarmswelteringcomfortable
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.

Clouds

The month of August in Richgrove experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 9% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 8% on August 9.

The clearest day of the month is August 9, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 92% of the time.

For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 46%, while on August 9, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.

Cloud Cover Categories in August

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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 Richgrove, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is essentially constant, remaining around 1% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 22% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 0% on June 27.

Probability of Precipitation in August

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).

Sun

Over the course of August in Richgrove, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 59 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 58 seconds, and weekly decrease of 13 minutes, 48 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 12 hours, 57 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 13 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August

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 earliest sunrise of the month in Richgrove is 6:04 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 23 minutes later at 6:27 AM on August 31.

The latest sunset is 8:00 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 36 minutes earlier at 7:24 PM on August 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Richgrove during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:40 AM and sets 14 hours, 35 minutes later, at 8:16 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:02 AM and sets 9 hours, 44 minutes later, at 4:46 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August

The solar day over the course of August. 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 Richgrove is essentially constant during August, remaining around 1% throughout.

The highest chance of a muggy day during August is 1% on August 4.

For reference, on August 4, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% 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 August

Humidity Comfort Levels in August in Richgrove1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JulSepAug 41%Aug 41%Aug 310%Aug 310%Aug 210%Aug 210%drydrycomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
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 Richgrove is gradually decreasing during August, decreasing from 5.1 miles per hour to 4.6 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on May 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.3 miles per hour, while on November 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in August

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 Richgrove throughout August is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 74% on August 1.

Wind Direction in August

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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 Richgrove typically lasts for 10 months (311 days), from around January 31 to around December 8, rarely starting after March 8, or ending before November 16.

The month of August in Richgrove is reliably fully within the growing season.

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

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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 Richgrove is rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 828°F, from 2,941°F to 3,769°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in August

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of August, 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 Richgrove is gradually decreasing during August, falling by 1.0 kWh, from 8.1 kWh to 7.1 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August

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 Richgrove are 35.797 deg latitude, -119.108 deg longitude, and 502 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Richgrove contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 115 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 507 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (761 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (11,198 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Richgrove is covered by cropland (88%), within 10 miles by cropland (63%) and grassland (33%), and within 50 miles by cropland (42%) and grassland (28%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Richgrove 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Richgrove.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Porterville Municipal Airport (62%, 26 kilometers, north); Meadows Field (32%, 41 kilometers, south); and Ridgecrest Community Hospital Heliport (5%, 128 kilometers, east).

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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