Average Weather in January in Ridgecrest California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 58°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 71°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 30°F to 34°F, rarely falling below 22°F or exceeding 43°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ridgecrest typically range from 71°F to 103°F, while on December 27, the coldest day of the year, they range from 30°F to 58°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
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
The month of January in Ridgecrest experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 38% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is January 21, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 63% of the time.
For reference, on February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 41%, while on September 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 90%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Ridgecrest, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 12% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 16% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 1% on June 23.
Probability of Precipitation in January
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during January in Ridgecrest is essentially constant, remaining about 0.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
Over the course of January in Ridgecrest, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 38 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 16 seconds, and weekly increase of 8 minutes, 52 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 9 hours, 48 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Ridgecrest is 7:00 AM on January 6 and the earliest sunrise is 10 minutes earlier at 6:51 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:48 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 29 minutes later at 5:17 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Ridgecrest during 2018, 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 5:35 AM and sets 14 hours, 34 minutes later, at 8:09 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:56 AM and sets 9 hours, 45 minutes later, at 4:41 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Ridgecrest is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 16, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on October 7, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
The average hourly wind speed in Ridgecrest is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on June 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.4 miles per hour, while on January 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.0 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during January is 7.0 miles per hour on January 10.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
The growing season in Ridgecrest typically lasts for 8.0 months (244 days), from around March 15 to around November 13, rarely starting before February 12 or after April 12, and rarely ending before October 27 or after December 1.
The month of January in Ridgecrest is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 0% to 3% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
The average accumulated growing degree days in Ridgecrest are gradually increasing during January, increasing by 74°F, from 0°F to 74°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Ridgecrest is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 3.0 kWh to 3.7 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ridgecrest are 35.622 deg latitude, -117.671 deg longitude, and 2,310 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ridgecrest contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 148 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,296 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,516 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,098 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ridgecrest is covered by shrubs (80%) and artificial surfaces (13%), within 10 miles by shrubs (84%) and bare soil (16%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (87%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ridgecrest and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ridgecrest Community Hospital Heliport (92%, 8 kilometers, north); Edwards, Edwards Air Force Auxiliary North Base (3.3%, 73 kilometers, south); Mojave Airport (3.1%, 76 kilometers, southwest); and Bicycle Lake Army Airfield (1.6%, 101 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .