Average Weather in December in Merlin Oregon, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 50°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 57°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 48°F on December 26.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 38°F to 36°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 46°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 36°F on December 23.
For reference, on August 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Merlin typically range from 59°F to 88°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 36°F to 48°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
The month of December in Merlin experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 72% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 73% on December 1.
The clearest day of the month is December 13, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 29% of the time.
For reference, on November 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 73%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 87%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Merlin, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 53% and ending it at 44%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 53% on November 30, and its lowest chance is 2% on August 4.
Over the course of December in Merlin, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 52% to 42%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December
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 December in Merlin is decreasing, starting the month at 8.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 14.8 inches or falls below 3.1 inches, and ending the month at 7.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 13.7 inches or falls below 2.4 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 8.6 inches on December 7.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in Merlin, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 3 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Merlin is 7:23 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 19 minutes later at 7:43 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:40 PM on December 9 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:50 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Merlin during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:36 AM and sets 15 hours, 18 minutes later, at 8:54 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:40 AM and sets 9 hours, 3 minutes later, at 4:43 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
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 Merlin is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 9, 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 December
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 Merlin is essentially constant during December, remaining around 4.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 15, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.5 miles per hour, while on May 20, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.7 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 4.5 miles per hour on December 15.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Merlin is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Merlin is essentially constant during December, remaining within 1°F of 52°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in December
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 Merlin typically lasts for 7.8 months (237 days), from around March 23 to around November 16, rarely starting before February 13 or after April 17, and rarely ending before October 25 or after December 10.
The month of December in Merlin is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly decreasing from 21% to 0% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
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 Merlin are essentially constant during December, remaining within 5°F of 2,867°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
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 Merlin is essentially constant during December, remaining around 1.4 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.4 kWh on December 26.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Merlin are 42.517 deg latitude, -123.420 deg longitude, and 1,079 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Merlin contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 535 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,022 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,737 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,474 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Merlin is covered by shrubs (89%), within 10 miles by shrubs (47%) and trees (43%), and within 50 miles by trees (57%) and shrubs (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Merlin 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 Merlin.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Merlin 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 Merlin is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Merlin and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sexton Summit, (23%, 10 kilometers, northeast); Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport (55%, 47 kilometers, east); and Brookings Airport (22%, 87 kilometers, southwest).
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.
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