January Weather in Reno Nevada, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 43°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 58°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 24°F to 26°F, rarely falling below 13°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on July 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Reno typically range from 57°F to 90°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 23°F to 43°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January in Reno
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. 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 January in Reno
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The month of January in Reno experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 50% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52% on January 11.
The clearest day of the month is January 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 51% of the time.
For reference, on January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 89%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January in Reno
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Reno, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 22% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 28% on February 28, and its lowest chance is 2% on August 22.
Over the course of January in Reno, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 13% to 16%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 6% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 2% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in January in Reno
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 January in Reno is essentially constant, remaining about 1.8 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 5.1 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 1.8 inches on January 10.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January in Reno
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day snowfall during January in Reno is decreasing, starting the month at 4.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 11.7 inches, and ending the month at 2.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.3 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.4 inches on January 1.
Average Monthly Snowfall in January in Reno
Over the course of January in Reno, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 44 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 29 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 21 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 9 hours, 27 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January in Reno
The latest sunrise of the month in Reno is 7:19 AM on January 4 and the earliest sunrise is 12 minutes earlier at 7:07 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:46 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 32 minutes later at 5:18 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Reno during 2022, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:32 AM and sets 14 hours, 58 minutes later, at 8:30 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:16 AM and sets 9 hours, 23 minutes later, at 4:38 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January in Reno
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.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in January in Reno
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for January 2022. 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.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in January in Reno
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 Reno is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January in Reno
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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 Reno is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.4 miles per hour, while on October 5, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.5 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during January is 5.8 miles per hour on January 21.
Average Wind Speed in January in Reno
The hourly average wind direction in Reno throughout January is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 38% on January 8.
Wind Direction in January in Reno
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 Reno typically lasts for 5.4 months (166 days), from around May 4 to around October 17, rarely starting before April 10 or after June 1, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 5.
The month of January in Reno is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January in Reno
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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 Reno are essentially constant during January, remaining within 4°F of 4°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in January in Reno
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 Reno is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 2.4 kWh to 3.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January in Reno
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Reno are 39.530 deg latitude, -119.814 deg longitude, and 4,505 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Reno contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 466 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,547 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,905 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,317 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Reno is covered by shrubs (50%) and artificial surfaces (48%), within 10 miles by shrubs (73%) and artificial surfaces (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (65%) and trees (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Reno, 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 Reno.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Reno 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 Reno is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Reno and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Reno and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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