Average Weather in March in Las Cruces New Mexico, United States
In Las Cruces, the month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 7°F, from 68°F to 76°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 83°F or dropping below 59°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 40°F to 46°F, rarely falling below 30°F or exceeding 55°F.
For reference, on June 30, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Las Cruces typically range from 70°F to 97°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 32°F to 57°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 Las Cruces experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 36% to 28%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 72% of the time.
For reference, on August 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 40%, while on June 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 80%.
Cloud Cover in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Las Cruces, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 4% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on August 4, and its lowest chance is 3% on March 19.
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 Las Cruces is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.5 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.2 inches on March 29.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Las Cruces, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 60 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 59 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 55 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 31 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Las Cruces is 6:21 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:20 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 6:04 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 22 minutes later at 7:26 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 6:00 AM and sets 14 hours, 16 minutes later, at 8:17 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:04 AM and sets 10 hours, 2 minutes later, at 5:06 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 Las Cruces is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 9% 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 Las Cruces is gradually increasing during March, increasing from 5.2 miles per hour to 5.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.0 miles per hour, while on August 15, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.4 miles per hour.
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 Las Cruces is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 5.4 kWh to 6.9 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 Las Cruces are 32.312 deg latitude, -106.778 deg longitude, and 3,904 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Las Cruces contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 272 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,933 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,903 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,338 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Las Cruces is covered by artificial surfaces (50%) and shrubs (49%), within 10 miles by shrubs (82%) and cropland (13%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (92%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Las Cruces 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 Las Cruces.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Las Cruces 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 Las Cruces is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Las Cruces and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Las Cruces International Airport (77%, 13 kilometers, west); El Paso International Airport (14%, 67 kilometers, southeast); and Holloman Air Force Base (9%, 87 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.