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Average Weather in Pollock Pines California, United States

In Pollock Pines, the summers are warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 85°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 92°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 18 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 28, with an average high of 85°F and low of 64°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.4 months, from November 13 to March 26, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is December 23, with an average low of 37°F and high of 50°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 Pollock Pines12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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 Pollock Pines, 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 Pollock Pines begins around May 23 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around October 23. 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 23 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around May 23. On February 21, 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 Pollock Pinesclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2160%Feb 2160%Jul 2910%Jul 2910%May 2335%May 2335%Oct 2335%Oct 2335%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 Pollock Pines varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from October 29 to April 26, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on February 21.

The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from April 26 to October 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% 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 29% on February 21.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Pollock Pineswetwetdry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2136%Feb 2136%Jul 191%Jul 191%Jan 131%Jan 131%Oct 2919%Oct 2919%Apr 2618%Apr 2618%snowrainmixed
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. Pollock Pines experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from September 16 to June 12, 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 5.6 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 12 to September 16. 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.

Snowfall

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. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Pollock Pines experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 18 to April 13, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 13 to November 18. The least snow falls around August 7, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Pollock Pines varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 53 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 5:36 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 56 minutes later at 7:33 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:40 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 51 minutes later at 8:31 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Pollock Pines 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 Pollock Pines12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 135:36 AMJun 135:36 AM8:31 PMJun 278:31 PMJun 27Dec 74:40 PMDec 74:40 PM7:33 AMNov 47:33 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 Pollock Pines, 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 Pollock Pines0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 220%Jan 220%Sep 60%Sep 60%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
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 Pollock Pines does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 3.0 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Pollock Pines0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mph4.5 mph5.0 mph5.5 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecDec 233.3 mphDec 233.3 mphMay 202.8 mphMay 202.8 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 Pollock Pines varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.7 months, from February 4 to April 26 and for 2.1 weeks, from November 17 to December 2, with a peak percentage of 46% on March 2. The wind is most often from the west for 4.6 months, from April 26 to September 13, with a peak percentage of 47% on July 14. The wind is most often from the east for 2.1 months, from September 13 to November 17 and for 2.1 months, from December 2 to February 4, with a peak percentage of 42% on October 20.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Pollock PinesESWESE0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestsoutheastnorth
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 3.5 months, from May 10 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 8.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 2 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 2.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Pollock Pinesbrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 18.6 kWhJul 18.6 kWhDec 192.1 kWhDec 192.1 kWhMay 107.3 kWhMay 107.3 kWhAug 247.3 kWhAug 247.3 kWhNov 23.5 kWhNov 23.5 kWhFeb 183.5 kWhFeb 183.5 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 Pollock Pines are 38.761 deg latitude, -120.589 deg longitude, and 3,527 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Pollock Pines contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,303 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,597 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,678 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,850 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Pollock Pines is covered by trees (92%), within 10 miles by trees (72%) and shrubs (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (44%) and shrubs (25%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Pollock Pines, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Pollock Pines.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Placerville Airport (69%, 15 kilometers, west); Lake Tahoe Airport (13%, 54 kilometers, east); and Blue Canyon-Nyack Airport (18%, 58 kilometers, north).

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.