Average Weather in October in Yosemite Valley California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 67°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 45°F or exceeding 76°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 33°F to 26°F, rarely falling below 18°F or exceeding 40°F.
For reference, on July 28, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Yosemite Valley typically range from 43°F to 78°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 17°F to 40°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in October
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on October. 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 October
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Seyne-les-Alpes, France (5,844 miles away); Ростуша, Macedonia (6,414 miles); and Atkaracalar, Turkey (6,748 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Yosemite Valley (view comparison).
The month of October in Yosemite Valley experiences rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 20% to 35%.
The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 80% of the time.
For reference, on February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 53%, while on August 8, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 89%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Yosemite Valley, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 7% and ending it at 16%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 3% on August 9.
Over the course of October in Yosemite Valley, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 7% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 1% to 6%, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 1% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in October
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 October in Yosemite Valley is increasing, starting the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.1 inches, and ending the month at 1.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.1 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
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 October in Yosemite Valley is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 0.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in October
Over the course of October in Yosemite Valley, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 9 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 19 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 10 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 10 hours, 38 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Yosemite Valley is 6:53 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 29 minutes later at 7:22 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 6:41 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 41 minutes earlier at 6:00 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Yosemite Valley during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:36 AM and sets 14 hours, 47 minutes later, at 8:23 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:10 AM and sets 9 hours, 33 minutes later, at 4:43 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
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 Yosemite Valley is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
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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 Yosemite Valley is essentially constant during October, remaining around 5.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.4 miles per hour, while on November 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction in October
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 Yosemite Valley typically lasts for 2.6 months (80 days), from around June 18 to around September 6, rarely starting before May 28 or after July 23, and rarely ending before August 9 or after September 27.
The month of October in Yosemite Valley is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually decreasing from 6% to -0% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
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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 Yosemite Valley are gradually increasing during October, increasing by 108°F, from 1,483°F to 1,591°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in October
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 Yosemite Valley is rapidly decreasing during October, falling by 1.6 kWh, from 5.6 kWh to 3.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Yosemite Valley are 37.741 deg latitude, -119.578 deg longitude, and 6,716 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Yosemite Valley contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 4,127 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,587 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,914 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (13,451 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Yosemite Valley is covered by trees (62%) and shrubs (38%), within 10 miles by trees (61%) and shrubs (35%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (45%) and trees (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Yosemite Valley 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 Yosemite Valley.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Yosemite Valley 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 Yosemite Valley is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Yosemite Valley and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Mammoth Lakes Airport (44%, 65 kilometers, east); Bridgeport Sonora Junction (42%, 69 kilometers, north); Castle Airport (7%, 96 kilometers, southwest); and Madera Municipal Airport (7%, 96 kilometers, southwest).
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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