Average Weather in Pacific Grove California, United States
The climate in Pacific Grove is cool and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 68°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 77°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, 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 Pacific Grove, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Pacific Grove begins around May 27 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around October 28. On August 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 91% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 9% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 28 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around May 27. On February 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Pacific Grove varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from November 6 to April 10, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from April 10 to November 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 19.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 30% on February 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Pacific Grove experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 6 to May 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 15, with an average total accumulation of 3.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 9 to October 6. The least rain falls around August 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Pacific Grove varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:48 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 46 minutes later at 7:34 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:51 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:30 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Pacific Grove during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Pacific Grove, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Pacific Grove experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from November 14 to June 29, with average wind speeds of more than 3.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from June 29 to November 14. The calmest day of the year is September 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Pacific Grove varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 5.8 months, from April 19 to October 12, with a peak percentage of 75% on July 29. The wind is most often from the north for 6.2 months, from October 12 to April 19, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.
Pacific Grove 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 water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.8 months, from July 31 to October 26, with an average temperature above 58°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 20, with an average temperature of 59°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.1 months, from March 8 to June 11, with an average temperature below 55°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is April 29, with an average temperature of 54°F.
Average Water Temperature
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from May 5 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 27, with an average of 8.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 4 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pacific Grove are 36.618 deg latitude, -121.917 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pacific Grove contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 738 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 115 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,903 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,863 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pacific Grove is covered by artificial surfaces (41%) and water (37%), within 10 miles by water (60%) and shrubs (10%), and within 50 miles by water (50%) and grassland (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Pacific Grove, 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 Pacific Grove.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Pacific Grove and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .