Average Weather in March in Okotoks Canada
Daily high temperatures increase by 9°F, from 37°F to 46°F, rarely falling below 14°F or exceeding 60°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 8°F, from 19°F to 27°F, rarely falling below -2°F or exceeding 37°F.
For reference, on August 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Okotoks typically range from 52°F to 76°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 13°F to 29°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 Okotoks experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 62% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 63% on March 17.
The clearest day of the month is March 3, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 39% of the time.
For reference, on March 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 63%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 70%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
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 Okotoks, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually increasing, starting the month at 6% and ending it at 10%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on June 16, and its lowest chance is 3% on February 4.
Over the course of March in Okotoks, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 1% to 4%, 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 4% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Okotoks is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.2 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.8 inches.
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 Okotoks is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.6 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.2 inches on March 21.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in Okotoks, 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, 56 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 51 seconds, and weekly increase of 26 minutes, 58 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 0 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Okotoks is 7:05 AM on March 7 and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 8:03 AM on March 8.
The earliest sunset is 6:18 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 50 minutes later at 8:08 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 8, 2020, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:22 AM and sets 16 hours, 30 minutes later, at 9:52 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:35 AM and sets 7 hours, 57 minutes later, at 4:33 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Okotoks is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 2, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Okotoks is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 24, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.4 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
The hourly average wind direction in Okotoks throughout March is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 52% on March 1.
Wind Direction in March
The growing season in Okotoks typically lasts for 4.5 months (137 days), from around May 11 to around September 25, rarely starting before April 24 or after May 29, and rarely ending before September 6 or after October 14.
The month of March in Okotoks is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The average accumulated growing degree days in Okotoks are essentially constant during March, remaining within 5°F of 8°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Okotoks is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 2.9 kWh to 4.4 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 Okotoks are 50.729 deg latitude, -113.983 deg longitude, and 3,593 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Okotoks contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 308 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,552 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,250 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (7,818 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Okotoks is covered by cropland (79%) and artificial surfaces (17%), within 10 miles by cropland (87%), and within 50 miles by cropland (59%) and trees (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Okotoks 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 6 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Okotoks.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Okotoks 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 Okotoks is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Okotoks and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cop Upper (23%, 41 kilometers, northwest); Calgary International, Alta. (24%, 43 kilometers, north); Sparwood/Elk Valley Airport (14%, 51 kilometers, southwest); Strathmore AGDM (14%, 60 kilometers, northeast); Stavely Aafc (12%, 61 kilometers, south); and Champion AGDM (12%, 68 kilometers, southeast).
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.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .