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Average Weather in Paradise California, United States

In Paradise, the summers are hot, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are chilly, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 91°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 99°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 7 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 91°F and low of 63°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 19 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 35°F and high of 49°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in Paradise12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Paradise, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Paradise begins around May 25 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around October 22. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 90% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 10% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 22 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around May 25. On February 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 60% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 40% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Paradiseclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2660%Feb 2660%Jul 2910%Jul 2910%May 2535%May 2535%Oct 2235%Oct 2235%overcastmostly cloudypartly cloudymostly clearclear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Paradise varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.0 months, from October 26 to April 27, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on February 28.

The drier season lasts 6.0 months, from April 27 to October 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on August 4.

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 36% on February 28.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Paradisewetwetdry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2837%Feb 2837%Aug 40%Aug 40%Jan 131%Jan 131%Oct 2619%Oct 2619%Apr 2719%Apr 2719%mixedrainsnow
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Paradise experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.1 months, from September 14 to June 16, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 17, with an average total accumulation of 6.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from June 16 to September 14. The least rain falls around July 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Paradise varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:37 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 1 minute later at 7:38 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:41 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 57 minutes later at 8:38 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Paradise 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Paradise12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 145:37 AMJun 145:37 AM8:38 PMJun 278:38 PMJun 27Dec 74:41 PMDec 74:41 PM7:38 AMNov 47:38 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 perceived humidity level in Paradise, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels in Paradise0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNov 210%Nov 210%Jul 220%Jul 220%humidhumiddrydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Paradise does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.4 miles per hour of 3.6 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Paradise0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecDec 184.0 mphDec 184.0 mphJun 43.1 mphJun 43.1 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Paradise varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.8 months, from February 19 to September 13, with a peak percentage of 54% on July 31. The wind is most often from the east for 5.2 months, from September 13 to February 19, with a peak percentage of 52% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in ParadiseESE0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecsoutheastnorthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Solar Energy

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 experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 12 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 8.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from November 1 to February 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 1.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Paradisebrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 18.5 kWhJul 18.5 kWhDec 201.9 kWhDec 201.9 kWhMay 127.1 kWhMay 127.1 kWhAug 257.1 kWhAug 257.1 kWhNov 13.2 kWhNov 13.2 kWhFeb 203.2 kWhFeb 203.2 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Paradise are 39.760 deg latitude, -121.622 deg longitude, and 1,526 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Paradise contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,516 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,600 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,091 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,127 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Paradise is covered by shrubs (68%) and trees (32%), within 10 miles by trees (41%) and grassland (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (38%) and grassland (25%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Paradise, 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 Paradise.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Paradise 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 Paradise is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Paradise and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Chico Municipal Airport (56%, 20 kilometers, west) and Oroville Municipal Airport (44%, 30 kilometers, south).

Other Data

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.