Average Weather in March in Santa Fe New Mexico, United States
In Santa Fe, the month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 8°F, from 51°F to 58°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 68°F or dropping below 40°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 26°F to 30°F, rarely falling below 17°F or exceeding 38°F.
For reference, on July 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Santa Fe typically range from 54°F to 83°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 40°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 Santa Fe experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 36% 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 July 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 37%, while on June 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 79%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Santa Fe, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 10% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on August 2, and its lowest chance is 7% on January 24.
Over the course of March in Santa Fe, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 5% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 3% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 2% throughout.
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 Santa Fe is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
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 March in Santa Fe is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.5 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in Santa Fe, 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, 8 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 16 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 49 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 34 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Santa Fe is 6:19 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:18 AM on March 12.
The earliest sunset is 5:59 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 26 minutes later at 7:24 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 5:48 AM and sets 14 hours, 35 minutes later, at 8:22 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:09 AM and sets 9 hours, 44 minutes later, at 4:54 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 Santa Fe is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
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 Santa Fe is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.0 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 Santa Fe is increasing during March, rising by 1.4 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 Santa Fe are 35.687 deg latitude, -105.938 deg longitude, and 7,133 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Santa Fe contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 801 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7,091 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (5,358 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,038 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Santa Fe is covered by shrubs (99%), within 10 miles by shrubs (55%) and trees (37%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (47%) and trees (38%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Santa Fe and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Santa Fe Municipal Airport (70%, 16 kilometers, southwest); Las Vegas Municipal Airport (17%, 72 kilometers, east); and Taos Regional Airport (13%, 88 kilometers, north).
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.