Average Weather in December in Mesa Verde California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 70°F to 66°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 77°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 65°F on December 24.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 46°F to 43°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 53°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 43°F on December 26.
For reference, on July 10, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Mesa Verde typically range from 82°F to 108°F, while on December 26, the coldest day of the year, they range from 43°F to 65°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
The month of December in Mesa Verde experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 31% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 71% of the time.
For reference, on February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 36%, while on September 17, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 89%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Mesa Verde, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 6% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 9% on August 25, and its lowest chance is 0% on June 13.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Mesa Verde is essentially constant, remaining about 0.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.4 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in Mesa Verde, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 55 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 10 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Mesa Verde is 6:25 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 6:43 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:30 PM on December 3 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 4:41 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Mesa Verde during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:29 AM and sets 14 hours, 23 minutes later, at 7:52 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:39 AM and sets 9 hours, 55 minutes later, at 4:35 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Mesa Verde is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 24, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 29% of the time, while on November 10, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Mesa Verde is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 25, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.8 miles per hour, while on September 9, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.7 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 7.9 miles per hour on December 9.
Average Wind Speed in December
The hourly average wind direction in Mesa Verde throughout December is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 62% on December 30.
Wind Direction in December
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Mesa Verde over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 1, with a 69% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Mesa Verde are increasing during December, increasing by 180°F, from 7,812°F to 7,992°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Mesa Verde is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 3.3 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 3.2 kWh on December 21.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mesa Verde are 33.606 deg latitude, -114.731 deg longitude, and 390 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mesa Verde contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 167 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 392 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,543 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,852 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mesa Verde is covered by shrubs (83%) and bare soil (14%), within 10 miles by shrubs (62%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (86%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mesa Verde 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Mesa Verde.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Mesa Verde 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 Mesa Verde is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Mesa Verde and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Blythe Airport (99%, 2.2 kilometers, northeast); Yuma International Airport (0.3%, 105 kilometers, south); Imperial County Airport (0.2%, 117 kilometers, southwest); General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport (0.2%, 119 kilometers, southwest); and Thermal Airport (0.2%, 132 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .