Average Weather in February in South Lake Tahoe California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 43°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 56°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 20°F to 23°F, rarely falling below 7°F or exceeding 33°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 February
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.
Average Hourly Temperature in February
Pilcaniyeu, Argentina (6,347 miles away); Bulqizë, Albania (6,350 miles); and Atkaracalar, Turkey (6,678 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to South Lake Tahoe (view comparison).
The month of February in South Lake Tahoe experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 53% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 48% 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 Categories in February
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 February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 29% and ending it at 32%.
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 February in South Lake Tahoe, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 9% to 12%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 14% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 6% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in February
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during February in South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant, remaining about 2.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 6.3 inches or falling below 0.2 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.8 inches on February 17.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February
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 February in South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant, remaining about 1.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.9 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in February
Over the course of February in South Lake Tahoe, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 3 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 19 seconds, and weekly increase of 16 minutes, 16 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 15 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month in South Lake Tahoe is 7:06 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 32 minutes earlier at 6:33 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:21 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 30 minutes later at 5:51 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in South Lake Tahoe during 2018, 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 5:34 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 February
The chance that a given day will be muggy in South Lake Tahoe is essentially constant during February, 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 February
The average hourly wind speed in South Lake Tahoe is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 6.6 miles per hour to 7.1 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February
Wind Direction in February
The growing season in South Lake Tahoe typically lasts for 2.4 months (73 days), from around June 20 to around September 1, rarely starting before May 24, or ending after September 27.
The month of February in South Lake Tahoe is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February
The average accumulated growing degree days in South Lake Tahoe are essentially constant during February, remaining within 2°F of 4°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in South Lake Tahoe is increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 3.2 kWh to 4.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
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).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .