Average Weather in March in Placitas New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 8°F, from 55°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 44°F or exceeding 72°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 30°F to 35°F, rarely falling below 22°F or exceeding 43°F.
For reference, on July 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Placitas typically range from 61°F to 88°F, while on January 4, the coldest day of the year, they range from 23°F to 43°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
Sredno Konjare, Macedonia (6,179 miles away); Kırıkkale, Turkey (6,659 miles); and Alik Ghund, Pakistan (7,882 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Placitas (view comparison).
The month of March in Placitas experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 37% to 32%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 68% 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 81%.
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 Placitas, 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 31% on August 9, and its lowest chance is 6% on February 6.
Over the course of March in Placitas, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 6% 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 1% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Placitas is essentially constant, remaining about 0.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.1 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Placitas, 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, 7 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 14 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 36 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Placitas is 6:24 AM on March 9 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:23 AM on March 10.
The earliest sunset is 6:00 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 25 minutes later at 7:26 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 10, 2019, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:51 AM and sets 14 hours, 33 minutes later, at 8:23 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:11 AM and sets 9 hours, 46 minutes later, at 4:57 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Placitas is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
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 Placitas is gradually increasing during March, increasing from 9.0 miles per hour to 9.9 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 10.2 miles per hour, while on August 14, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
The hourly average wind direction in Placitas throughout March is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 53% on March 28.
Wind Direction in March
The growing season in Placitas typically lasts for 6.0 months (183 days), from around April 23 to around October 24, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 13, and rarely ending before October 6 or after November 12.
The month of March in Placitas is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 0% to 7% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The average accumulated growing degree days in Placitas are gradually increasing during March, increasing by 74°F, from 25°F to 99°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Placitas is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 5.0 kWh to 6.5 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 Placitas are 35.307 deg latitude, -106.425 deg longitude, and 6,112 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Placitas contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,988 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,173 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,636 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,474 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Placitas is covered by shrubs (85%) and trees (15%), within 10 miles by shrubs (79%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (62%) and trees (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Placitas 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Placitas.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Placitas 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 Placitas is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Placitas and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Albuquerque International Airport (30%, 34 kilometers, southwest); Double Eagle II Airport (33%, 38 kilometers, southwest); Santa Fe Municipal Airport (26%, 46 kilometers, northeast); and Clines Corners (11%, 77 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .