February Weather in Pinnacles National Park California, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 63°F, rarely falling below 54°F or exceeding 73°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 2°F, from 44°F to 46°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 53°F.
For reference, on August 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Pinnacles National Park typically range from 58°F to 81°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 42°F to 60°F.
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.
The month of February in Pinnacles National Park experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 54% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55% on February 17.
The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 47% of the time.
For reference, on February 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55%, while on August 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Pinnacles National Park, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 26% and ending it at 29%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 0% on August 4.
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 Pinnacles National Park is essentially constant, remaining about 3.8 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 8.1 inches or falling below 0.6 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.0 inches on February 15.
Over the course of February in Pinnacles National Park, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 57 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 7 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 50 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 24 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 22 minutes of daylight.
The latest sunrise of the month in Pinnacles National Park is 7:06 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 30 minutes earlier at 6:36 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:30 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 28 minutes later at 5:58 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in Pinnacles National Park during 2023, 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 5:46 AM and sets 14 hours, 39 minutes later, at 8:26 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:13 AM and sets 9 hours, 40 minutes later, at 4:53 PM.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for February 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
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 Pinnacles National Park is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on October 5, 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.
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 Pinnacles National Park is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 6.4 miles per hour to 7.0 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on May 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.6 miles per hour, while on October 22, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour.
The hourly average wind direction in Pinnacles National Park throughout February is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 37% on February 11.
Pinnacles National Park 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 Pinnacles National Park is essentially constant during February, remaining around 55°F throughout.
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 Pinnacles National Park typically lasts for 12 months (359 days), from around January 6 to around December 31, rarely starting after February 22, or ending before November 24.
The month of February in Pinnacles National Park is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 72% to 94% over the course of the month.
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 Pinnacles National Park are gradually increasing during February, increasing by 114°F, from 105°F to 219°F, over the course of the month.
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 Pinnacles National Park is gradually increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 3.1 kWh to 4.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pinnacles National Park are 36.490 deg latitude, -121.181 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pinnacles National Park is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pinnacles National Park is covered by shrubs (96%), within 10 miles by grassland (54%) and shrubs (38%), and within 50 miles by grassland (37%) and shrubs (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Pinnacles National Park, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Soledad page.
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