February Weather in Ranchos de Taos New Mexico, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 7°F, from 42°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 59°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 7°F, from 16°F to 23°F, rarely falling below 4°F or exceeding 32°F.
For reference, on July 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ranchos de Taos typically range from 51°F to 83°F, while on January 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from 13°F to 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February in Ranchos de Taos
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. 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 February in Ranchos de Taos
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The month of February in Ranchos de Taos experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 36% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 36% on February 10.
The clearest day of the month is February 21, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 65% of the time.
For reference, on August 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on September 30, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 80%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February in Ranchos de Taos
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Ranchos de Taos, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 9% and ending it at 13%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 40% on August 1, and its lowest chance is 8% on January 10.
Over the course of February in Ranchos de Taos, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 3% to 6%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 2% to 4%, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 3% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in February in Ranchos de Taos
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 February in Ranchos de Taos is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February in Ranchos de Taos
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 February in Ranchos de Taos is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.7 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in February in Ranchos de Taos
Over the course of February in Ranchos de Taos, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 57 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 7 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 48 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February in Ranchos de Taos
The latest sunrise of the month in Ranchos de Taos is 7:03 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 30 minutes earlier at 6:33 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:29 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 27 minutes later at 5:56 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in Ranchos de Taos during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during February, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:45 AM and sets 14 hours, 39 minutes later, at 8:23 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:10 AM and sets 9 hours, 41 minutes later, at 4:51 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February in Ranchos de Taos
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for February 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 February in Ranchos de Taos
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 Ranchos de Taos is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February in Ranchos de Taos
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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 Ranchos de Taos is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 7.2 miles per hour to 8.0 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 9.0 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February in Ranchos de Taos
The hourly average wind direction in Ranchos de Taos throughout February is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 64% on February 23.
Wind Direction in February in Ranchos de Taos
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 Ranchos de Taos typically lasts for 4.5 months (136 days), from around May 19 to around October 1, rarely starting before May 1 or after June 7, and rarely ending before September 14 or after October 18.
The month of February in Ranchos de Taos is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February in Ranchos de Taos
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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 Ranchos de Taos are essentially constant during February, remaining within 4°F of 5°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February in Ranchos de Taos
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 Ranchos de Taos is increasing during February, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 3.8 kWh to 4.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February in Ranchos de Taos
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ranchos de Taos are 36.359 deg latitude, -105.609 deg longitude, and 6,913 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ranchos de Taos contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 705 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,969 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,728 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,710 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ranchos de Taos is covered by shrubs (57%), cropland (25%), and grassland (13%), within 10 miles by trees (54%) and shrubs (40%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and shrubs (36%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ranchos de Taos, 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 Ranchos de Taos.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ranchos de Taos 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 Ranchos de Taos is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ranchos de Taos and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Taos Regional Airport (KSKX, 81%, 11 kilometers, northwest); Angel Fire Airport (KAXX, 9%, 29 kilometers, east); Los Alamos County Airport (KLAM, 5%, 80 kilometers, southwest); and Las Vegas Municipal Airport (KLVS, 4.3%, 89 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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