August Weather in Santa Fe New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 81°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 71°F or exceeding 88°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 55°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 47°F or exceeding 59°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.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. 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.
Nevşehir, Turkey (6,728 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Santa Fe (view comparison).
The month of August in Santa Fe experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 37% to 29%.
The clearest day of the month is August 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 71% 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%.
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 August is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 37% and ending it at 27%.
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.
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 August in Santa Fe is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.1 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 1.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.4 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 1.9 inches on August 1.
Over the course of August in Santa Fe, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 59 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 58 seconds, and weekly decrease of 13 minutes, 43 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 12 hours, 58 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 13 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise of the month in Santa Fe is 6:11 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 23 minutes later at 6:34 AM on August 31.
The latest sunset is 8:08 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 35 minutes earlier at 7:32 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Santa Fe during 2023, but it neither starts nor ends during August, 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, 35 minutes later, at 8:22 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:10 AM and sets 9 hours, 44 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for August 2023. 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.
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 August, remaining around 0% throughout.
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 August, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.9 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.6 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during August is 5.6 miles per hour on August 3.
The hourly average wind direction in Santa Fe throughout August is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 39% on August 30.
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 Santa Fe typically lasts for 5.2 months (159 days), from around May 6 to around October 12, rarely starting before April 19 or after May 23, and rarely ending before September 24 or after October 28.
The month of August in Santa Fe is reliably fully within the growing season.
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 Santa Fe are rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 489°F, from 1,527°F to 2,016°F, over the course of the month.
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 essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.5 kWh throughout.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Santa Fe are 35.687 deg latitude, -105.938 deg longitude, and 6,995 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, 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:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Santa Fe and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
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 .
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