Average Weather in Vandenberg Air Force Base California, United States
The climate in Vandenberg Air Force Base is comfortable, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 71°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 81°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 Vandenberg Air Force Base, 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base begins around May 7 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around November 1. On August 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 93% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 7% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 1 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around May 7. On February 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 45% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 55% 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from November 19 to April 6, with a greater than 12% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 24% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from April 6 to November 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 28.
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 24% 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. Vandenberg Air Force Base experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 13 to May 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 18, with an average total accumulation of 3.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 2 to October 13. The least rain falls around August 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Vandenberg Air Force Base varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 29 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, 38 minutes later at 7:25 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:50 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 29 minutes later at 8:19 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Vandenberg Air Force Base 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base, 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from March 8 to June 26, with average wind speeds of more than 5.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is May 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.4 months, from June 26 to March 8. The calmest day of the year is October 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Vandenberg Air Force Base varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.8 months, from May 14 to September 7, with a peak percentage of 59% on July 19. The wind is most often from the north for 8.2 months, from September 7 to May 14, with a peak percentage of 48% on January 1.
Vandenberg Air Force Base 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 3.5 months, from July 26 to November 10, with an average temperature above 60°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 23, with an average temperature of 61°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from February 26 to June 7, with an average temperature below 56°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is April 17, 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 3.9 months, from April 28 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 6 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Vandenberg Air Force Base are 34.748 deg latitude, -120.518 deg longitude, and 413 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Vandenberg Air Force Base contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 817 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 506 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,473 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,814 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Vandenberg Air Force Base is covered by shrubs (36%), grassland (28%), cropland (19%), and artificial surfaces (18%), within 10 miles by grassland (35%) and cropland (18%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and shrubs (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Vandenberg Air Force Base, 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Vandenberg Air Force Base 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 Vandenberg Air Force Base is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Vandenberg Air Force Base and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base (43%, 5.7 kilometers, southwest); Vandenberg Range (39%, 5.7 kilometers, southwest); Lompoc Airport (11%, 10 kilometers, southeast); and Santa Maria Airport (7%, 18 kilometers, north).
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