Average Weather in Jackson California, United States
In Jackson, the summers are hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 91°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 99°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 10 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 91°F and low of 65°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 18 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 60°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 40°F and high of 53°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 Jackson, 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 Jackson begins around May 17 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around October 25. On July 29, 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 25 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around May 17. On February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% 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 Jackson varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from October 30 to April 19, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from April 19 to October 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on July 23.
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 32% 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. Jackson experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from September 24 to June 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 16, with an average total accumulation of 4.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from June 3 to September 24. The least rain falls around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Jackson varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 30 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 50 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 54 minutes later at 7:33 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:42 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 48 minutes later at 8:30 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Jackson 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 Jackson, 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
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Jackson varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 months, from February 5 to April 5 and for 3.1 weeks, from November 6 to November 28, with a peak percentage of 40% on March 1. The wind is most often from the west for 6.3 months, from April 5 to October 15, with a peak percentage of 59% on July 14. The wind is most often from the east for 3.1 weeks, from October 15 to November 6 and for 2.2 months, from November 28 to February 5, with a peak percentage of 32% on November 1.
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 3.5 months, from May 9 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 29, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 2 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Jackson are 38.349 deg latitude, -120.774 deg longitude, and 1,375 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Jackson contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 758 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,372 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,808 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,322 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Jackson is covered by grassland (81%) and shrubs (18%), within 10 miles by grassland (54%) and shrubs (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (28%) and grassland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Jackson, 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 Jackson.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Jackson 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 Jackson is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Jackson and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Placerville Airport (39%, 41 kilometers, north); Sacramento Mather Airport (31%, 52 kilometers, northwest); Stockton Metropolitan Airport (24%, 65 kilometers, southwest); and Bridgeport Sonora Junction (6%, 110 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .