Average Weather in March in Ciudad Cortés Costa Rica
Daily high temperatures are around 92°F, rarely falling below 88°F or exceeding 95°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 92°F on March 13.
Daily low temperatures are around 78°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 81°F.
For reference, on March 11, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ciudad Cortés typically range from 78°F to 92°F, while on October 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 76°F to 86°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on March. 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 March
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The month of March in Ciudad Cortés experiences rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 50% to 65%.
The clearest day of the month is March 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 50% of the time.
For reference, on May 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 96%, while on January 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 60%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Ciudad Cortés, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually increasing, starting the month at 13% and ending it at 16%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 56% on October 23, and its lowest chance is 11% on January 26.
Probability of Precipitation in March
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 March in Ciudad Cortés is increasing, starting the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.5 inches, and ending the month at 1.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.2 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 1.0 inches on March 8.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Ciudad Cortés, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 58 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The latest sunrise of the month in Ciudad Cortés is 5:47 AM on March 1 and the earliest sunrise is 16 minutes earlier at 5:31 AM on March 31.
The latest sunset is 5:45 PM on March 6 and the earliest sunset is 56 seconds earlier at 5:44 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Ciudad Cortés during 2020.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:16 AM and sets 12 hours, 39 minutes later, at 5:55 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 5:44 AM and sets 11 hours, 36 minutes later, at 5:20 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in March
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 Ciudad Cortés is rapidly increasing during March, rising from 72% to 85% over the course of the month.
For reference, on June 12, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on February 27, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 72% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
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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 Ciudad Cortés is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on October 9, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour, while on January 8, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
The hourly average wind direction in Ciudad Cortés throughout March is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 41% on March 29.
Wind Direction in March
Ciudad Cortés 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 Ciudad Cortés is essentially constant during March, remaining around 85°F throughout.
The highest average surface water temperature during March is 85°F on March 24.
Average Water Temperature in March
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).
Temperatures in Ciudad Cortés are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
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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 Ciudad Cortés are very rapidly increasing during March, increasing by 981°F, from 1,933°F to 2,914°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March
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 Ciudad Cortés is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.4 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during March is 6.5 kWh on March 15.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ciudad Cortés are 8.960 deg latitude, -83.524 deg longitude, and 33 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ciudad Cortés contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 705 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 53 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,589 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,490 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ciudad Cortés is covered by trees (32%), grassland (28%), cropland (24%), and shrubs (12%), within 10 miles by trees (29%) and mangroves (19%), and within 50 miles by water (46%) and trees (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ciudad Cortés 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ciudad Cortés.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ciudad Cortés 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 Ciudad Cortés is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ciudad Cortés and a given station.
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 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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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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