May Weather in Dulce New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 65°F to 75°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 83°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 8°F, from 36°F to 44°F, rarely falling below 29°F or exceeding 51°F.
For reference, on July 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Dulce typically range from 53°F to 83°F, while on January 8, the coldest day of the year, they range from 15°F to 38°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May in Dulce
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. 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 May in Dulce
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The month of May in Dulce experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 34% to 28%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 72% of the time.
For reference, on February 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 41%, while on September 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 79%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May in Dulce
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Dulce, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is decreasing, starting the month at 15% and ending it at 10%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on August 12, and its lowest chance is 7% on June 12.
Over the course of May in Dulce, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 14% to 10%, 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 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in May in Dulce
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 May in Dulce is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.8 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 0.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May in Dulce
Over the course of May in Dulce, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 47 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 35 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 3 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 44 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Dulce
The latest sunrise of the month in Dulce is 6:13 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 23 minutes earlier at 5:50 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 7:57 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 24 minutes later at 8:21 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Dulce during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:48 AM and sets 14 hours, 42 minutes later, at 8:30 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:17 AM and sets 9 hours, 38 minutes later, at 4:55 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May in Dulce
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 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 May in Dulce
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 Dulce is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 20, 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 May in Dulce
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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 Dulce is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.2 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 14, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.4 miles per hour, while on January 11, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May in Dulce
The hourly average wind direction in Dulce throughout May is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 57% on May 1.
Wind Direction in May in Dulce
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 Dulce typically lasts for 4.8 months (148 days), from around May 12 to around October 7, rarely starting before April 24 or after June 1, and rarely ending before September 16 or after October 27.
During May in Dulce, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly increasing rising from 23% to 89% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Dulce
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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 Dulce are increasing during May, increasing by 238°F, from 146°F to 384°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May in Dulce
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 Dulce is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 7.3 kWh to 8.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Dulce
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dulce are 36.934 deg latitude, -106.999 deg longitude, and 6,772 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dulce contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,155 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7,003 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,867 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,694 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dulce is covered by shrubs (67%) and trees (33%), within 10 miles by trees (62%) and shrubs (36%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and shrubs (44%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dulce, 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 Dulce.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dulce 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 Dulce is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dulce and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Stevens Field (KPSO, 51%, 39 kilometers, north); Durango–La Plata County Airport (KDRO, 27%, 72 kilometers, west); Taos Regional Airport (KSKX, 11%, 131 kilometers, southeast); and Los Alamos County Airport (KLAM, 11%, 133 kilometers, southeast).
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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