Average Weather in March in De Soto Iowa, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 14°F, from 43°F to 57°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 73°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 25°F to 36°F, rarely falling below 10°F or exceeding 50°F.
For reference, on July 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in De Soto typically range from 67°F to 86°F, while on January 21, the coldest day of the year, they range from 16°F to 32°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 De Soto experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 51% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is March 25, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 50% of the time.
For reference, on February 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 54%, while on August 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 71%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In De Soto, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 15% and ending it at 24%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 44% on June 8, and its lowest chance is 8% on January 9.
Over the course of March in De Soto, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 10% to 21%, 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 decreases from 3% to 1%.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in De Soto is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.8 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 2.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.6 inches or falls below 0.6 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 De Soto is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.6 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in De Soto, 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, 24 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 47 seconds, and weekly increase of 19 minutes, 31 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 16 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in De Soto is 6:36 AM on March 10 and the latest sunrise is 58 minutes later at 7:34 AM on March 11.
The earliest sunset is 6:06 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 34 minutes later at 7:40 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 11, 2018, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:42 AM and sets 15 hours, 11 minutes later, at 8:53 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:39 AM and sets 9 hours, 10 minutes later, at 4:49 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in De Soto is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 56% of the time, while on November 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
The average hourly wind speed in De Soto is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.9 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
The growing season in De Soto typically lasts for 6.0 months (184 days), from around April 15 to around October 16, rarely starting before March 29 or after May 2, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 6.
The month of March in De Soto is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season increasing from 0% to 13% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The average accumulated growing degree days in De Soto are gradually increasing during March, increasing by 54°F, from 10°F to 64°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in De Soto is increasing during March, rising by 1.2 kWh, from 3.6 kWh to 4.9 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 De Soto are 41.532 deg latitude, -94.010 deg longitude, and 974 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of De Soto contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 194 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 953 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (335 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (794 feet).
The area within 2 miles of De Soto is covered by cropland (93%), within 10 miles by cropland (89%), and within 50 miles by cropland (89%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in De Soto 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in De Soto.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and De Soto 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 De Soto is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between De Soto and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Des Moines International Airport (41%, 30 kilometers, east); Perry Municipal Airport (32%, 35 kilometers, north); Osceola Municipal Airport (14%, 60 kilometers, southeast); and Creston Municipal Airport (12%, 65 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .