December Weather in El Cerro Mission New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 53°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 38°F or exceeding 63°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 48°F on December 26.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 32°F to 28°F, rarely falling below 20°F or exceeding 40°F.
For reference, on July 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in El Cerro Mission typically range from 67°F to 93°F, while on January 4, the coldest day of the year, they range from 27°F to 48°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December in El Cerro Mission
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 in El Cerro Mission
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Khānī Yek, Iran (7,760 miles away); Karukh, Afghanistan (7,611 miles); and Khadan Khāk, Pakistan (7,904 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to El Cerro Mission (view comparison).
The month of December in El Cerro Mission experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 32% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 3, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 70% of the time.
For reference, on February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on June 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 80%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December in El Cerro Mission
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In El Cerro Mission, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 8% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on August 8, and its lowest chance is 5% on April 6.
Over the course of December in El Cerro Mission, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 7% 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 1% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December in El Cerro Mission
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 December in El Cerro Mission is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December in El Cerro Mission
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 December in El Cerro Mission is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.3 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.1 inches on December 31.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December in El Cerro Mission
Over the course of December in El Cerro Mission, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December in El Cerro Mission
The earliest sunrise of the month in El Cerro Mission is 6:55 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 7:13 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:55 PM on December 5 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 5:05 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in El Cerro Mission during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:53 AM and sets 14 hours, 29 minutes later, at 8:23 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:10 AM and sets 9 hours, 49 minutes later, at 4:59 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December in El Cerro Mission
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for December 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in December in El Cerro Mission
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 El Cerro Mission is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 10, 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 December in El Cerro Mission
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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 El Cerro Mission is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 7.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour, while on August 14, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.9 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during December is 7.4 miles per hour on December 19.
Average Wind Speed in December in El Cerro Mission
The hourly average wind direction in El Cerro Mission throughout December is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 43% on December 7.
Wind Direction in December in El Cerro Mission
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 El Cerro Mission typically lasts for 7.3 months (222 days), from around March 30 to around November 8, rarely starting before March 7 or after April 21, and rarely ending before October 20 or after November 25.
The month of December in El Cerro Mission is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually decreasing from 4% to -0% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December in El Cerro Mission
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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 El Cerro Mission are essentially constant during December, remaining within 7°F of 4,475°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December in El Cerro Mission
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 El Cerro Mission 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 3.1 kWh on December 23.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December in El Cerro Mission
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of El Cerro Mission are 34.762 deg latitude, -106.645 deg longitude, and 5,046 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of El Cerro Mission contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 223 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,044 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,437 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,066 feet).
The area within 2 miles of El Cerro Mission is covered by shrubs (93%), within 10 miles by shrubs (80%) and cropland (15%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (74%) and grassland (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in El Cerro Mission, 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 El Cerro Mission.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and El Cerro Mission 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 El Cerro Mission is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between El Cerro Mission 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 Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports 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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