May Weather in Novato California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 71°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 85°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 47°F to 50°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 54°F.
For reference, on August 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Novato typically range from 52°F to 81°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 39°F to 55°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May in Novato
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 Novato
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The month of May in Novato experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 38% to 27%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 73% of the time.
For reference, on January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on July 20, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May in Novato
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Novato, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is decreasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 5%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 28.
Probability of Precipitation in May in Novato
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 Novato is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.3 inches, and ending the month at 0.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.5 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May in Novato
Over the course of May in Novato, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 50 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 40 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 40 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Novato
The latest sunrise of the month in Novato is 6:14 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 25 minutes earlier at 5:49 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:01 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 25 minutes later at 8:26 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Novato during 2023, 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 5:47 AM and sets 14 hours, 49 minutes later, at 8:36 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 9 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May in Novato
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.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in May in Novato
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 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.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May in Novato
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 Novato is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 18, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Novato
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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 Novato is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 8.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.7 miles per hour, while on October 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during May is 8.7 miles per hour on May 31.
Average Wind Speed in May in Novato
The hourly average wind direction in Novato throughout May is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 81% on May 31.
Wind Direction in May in Novato
Novato 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 Novato is essentially constant during May, remaining around 52°F throughout.
The lowest average surface water temperature during May is 52°F on May 12.
Average Water Temperature in May in Novato
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 Novato typically lasts for 10 months (312 days), from around January 30 to around December 8, rarely starting after February 28, or ending before November 16.
The month of May in Novato is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Novato
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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 Novato are increasing during May, increasing by 274°F, from 481°F to 755°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May in Novato
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 Novato is gradually increasing during May, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 6.9 kWh to 7.8 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Novato
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Novato are 38.107 deg latitude, -122.570 deg longitude, and 26 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Novato contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 568 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 91 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,880 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,698 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Novato is covered by artificial surfaces (43%), cropland (27%), and herbaceous vegetation (22%), within 10 miles by grassland (40%) and trees (15%), and within 50 miles by water (38%) and grassland (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Novato, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Novato.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Novato 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 Novato is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Novato 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 Novato 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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