Average Weather in March in Yellowknife Canada
In Yellowknife, the month of March is characterized by very rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 18°F, from 5°F to 23°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 38°F or dropping below -11°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 15°F, from -12°F to 2°F, rarely falling below -32°F or exceeding 22°F.
For reference, on July 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Yellowknife typically range from 56°F to 71°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from -21°F to -7°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 Yellowknife experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 68% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 71% on March 26.
The clearest day of the month is March 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 34% of the time.
For reference, on November 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 73%, while on June 25, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 55%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Yellowknife, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 8% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 21% on August 27, and its lowest chance is 4% on November 17.
Over the course of March in Yellowknife, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 7% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in March
Over the course of March in Yellowknife, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 3 hours, 2 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 6 minutes, 4 seconds, and weekly increase of 42 minutes, 27 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 10 hours, 21 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 13 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The latest sunrise of the month in Yellowknife is 8:03 AM on March 12 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 3 minutes earlier at 7:00 AM on March 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:01 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 23 minutes later at 8:23 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 3:39 AM and sets 19 hours, 60 minutes later, at 11:39 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 10:07 AM and sets 4 hours, 57 minutes later, at 3:04 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 Yellowknife is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 28, 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 Yellowknife is gradually increasing during March, increasing from 5.1 miles per hour to 5.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on May 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.6 miles per hour, while on December 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during March is 5.1 miles per hour on March 2.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction 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 Yellowknife is rapidly increasing during March, rising by 1.6 kWh, from 1.6 kWh to 3.2 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 Yellowknife are 62.454 deg latitude, -114.372 deg longitude, and 607 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Yellowknife contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 184 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 595 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (292 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (673 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Yellowknife is covered by sparse vegetation (35%), water (24%), trees (23%), and bare soil (10%), within 10 miles by trees (71%) and water (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (54%) and water (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Yellowknife 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 Yellowknife.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Yellowknife 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 Yellowknife is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Yellowknife 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 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.