Average Weather in March in Spirit Lake Idaho, United States
In Spirit Lake, the month of March is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 9°F, from 42°F to 52°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 63°F or dropping below 33°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 27°F to 32°F, rarely falling below 17°F or exceeding 40°F.
For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Spirit Lake typically range from 52°F to 85°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 22°F to 31°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
The month of March in Spirit Lake experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 68% to 63%.
The clearest day of the month is March 28, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 37% of the time.
For reference, on January 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 76%, while on August 1, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 78%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Spirit Lake, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 33% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 43% on November 19, and its lowest chance is 9% on August 4.
Over the course of March in Spirit Lake, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 20% to 28%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain decreases from 8% to 4%, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 5% to 1%.
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 Spirit Lake is essentially constant, remaining about 1.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 3.6 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.0 inches on March 15.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
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 March in Spirit Lake is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.1 inches, and ending the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.4 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in Spirit Lake, 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, 45 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 30 seconds, and weekly increase of 24 minutes, 27 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 5 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 50 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Spirit Lake is 6:07 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 7:05 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:32 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 44 minutes later at 7:16 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 12, 2017, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:48 AM and sets 16 hours, 3 minutes later, at 8:50 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:34 AM and sets 8 hours, 23 minutes later, at 3:57 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time 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 Spirit Lake is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 16, 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 March
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 Spirit Lake is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 4.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour, while on January 5, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction 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).
The growing season in Spirit Lake typically lasts for 4.5 months (140 days), from around May 12 to around September 29, rarely starting before April 25 or after May 29, and rarely ending before September 10 or after October 17.
The month of March in Spirit Lake is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
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 Spirit Lake is essentially constant during March, remaining within 6°F of 7°F throughout.
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 Spirit Lake is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 2.6 kWh to 4.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Spirit Lake are 47.966 deg latitude, -116.869 deg longitude, and 2,582 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Spirit Lake contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,145 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,594 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,959 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,207 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Spirit Lake is covered by trees (53%), shrubs (33%), and sparse vegetation (11%), within 10 miles by trees (51%) and shrubs (37%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and shrubs (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Spirit Lake 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 Spirit Lake.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Spirit Lake 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 Spirit Lake is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Spirit Lake and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Coeur D'Alene Air Terminal (56%, 23 kilometers, south); Deer Park Airport (23%, 42 kilometers, west); and Sandpoint Airport (21%, 44 kilometers, northeast).
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.
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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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