Average Weather in October in South Lake Tahoe California, United States
In South Lake Tahoe, the month of October is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 12°F, from 68°F to 56°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 77°F or dropping below 44°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 6°F, from 33°F to 27°F, rarely falling below 19°F or exceeding 42°F.
For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in South Lake Tahoe typically range from 42°F to 80°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 41°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
The month of October in South Lake Tahoe experiences very rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 23% to 39%.
The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 77% of the time.
For reference, on March 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 54%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 88%.
Cloud Cover in October
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In South Lake Tahoe, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 18%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on February 23, and its lowest chance is 3% on July 20.
Over the course of October in South Lake Tahoe, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 8% to 12%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 1% to 5%, 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 South Lake Tahoe is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.0 inches, and ending the month at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.0 inches or falls below 0.2 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 South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in October
Over the course of October in South Lake Tahoe, 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, 12 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 25 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 52 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 10 hours, 34 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in South Lake Tahoe is 6:56 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 30 minutes later at 7:26 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 6:42 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 42 minutes earlier at 6:00 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in South Lake Tahoe during 2017, 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 5:34 AM and sets 14 hours, 54 minutes later, at 8:28 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:15 AM and sets 9 hours, 26 minutes later, at 4:41 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 South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on June 14, 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 October
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 South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant during October, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.2 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 27, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.9 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction 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 South Lake Tahoe is rapidly decreasing during October, falling by 1.7 kWh, from 5.4 kWh to 3.7 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 South Lake Tahoe are 38.933 deg latitude, -119.984 deg longitude, and 6,257 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of South Lake Tahoe contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 374 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,255 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (6,191 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,781 feet).
The area within 2 miles of South Lake Tahoe is covered by trees (60%), water (23%), and shrubs (17%), within 10 miles by trees (44%) and shrubs (25%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (47%) and trees (44%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in South Lake Tahoe 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 South Lake Tahoe.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and South Lake Tahoe 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 Lake Tahoe is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between South Lake Tahoe and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lake Tahoe Airport (95%, 4.0 kilometers, south); Carson Airport (1.9%, 35 kilometers, northeast); and Truckee Tahoe Airport (2.8%, 45 kilometers, north).
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.