March Weather in South Valley New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 8°F, from 60°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 77°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 35°F to 41°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 49°F.
For reference, on July 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in South Valley 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 March in South Valley
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 in South Valley
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The month of March in South Valley experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 38% to 33%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 67% of the time.
For reference, on February 15, 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 Categories in March in South Valley
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 South Valley, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 7% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 31% on August 8, and its lowest chance is 5% on February 6.
Probability of Precipitation in March in South Valley
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 South Valley is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March in South Valley
Over the course of March in South Valley, 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, 6 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 12 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 24 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 27 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March in South Valley
The earliest sunrise of the month in South Valley is 6:19 AM on March 13 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:18 AM on March 14.
The earliest sunset is 6:02 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 25 minutes later at 7:27 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 14, 2021, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:53 AM and sets 14 hours, 31 minutes later, at 8:24 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:11 AM and sets 9 hours, 48 minutes later, at 4:59 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March in South Valley
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for March 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 March in South Valley
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 South Valley is essentially constant during March, 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 March in South Valley
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 South Valley is gradually increasing during March, increasing from 8.8 miles per hour to 9.8 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 10.1 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 in South Valley
The hourly average wind direction in South Valley throughout March is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 52% on March 30.
Wind Direction in March in South Valley
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 South Valley typically lasts for 7.1 months (217 days), from around April 4 to around November 7, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 19 or after November 25.
The month of March in South Valley is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 4% to 41% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March in South Valley
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 South Valley are gradually increasing during March, increasing by 137°F, from 67°F to 204°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March in South Valley
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 South Valley is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 5.1 kWh to 6.5 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March in South Valley
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of South Valley are 35.010 deg latitude, -106.678 deg longitude, and 4,925 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of South Valley contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 194 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,938 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,043 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,971 feet).
The area within 2 miles of South Valley is covered by shrubs (62%) and cropland (32%), within 10 miles by shrubs (77%) and grassland (10%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (74%) and grassland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in South Valley, 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 South Valley.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and South Valley 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 South Valley is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between South Valley and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Albuquerque International Airport (KABQ, 77%, 7 kilometers, northeast); Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG, 20%, 18 kilometers, northwest); and Socorro Municipal Airport (KONM, 3.2%, 112 kilometers, south).
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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