Average Weather in Tahoe Vista California, United States
In Tahoe Vista, the summers are warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, freezing, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 80°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 87°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Tahoe Vista for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 17 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 29, with an average high of 80°F and low of 42°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 19 to March 12, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 15°F and high of 37°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
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In Tahoe Vista, 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 Tahoe Vista begins around May 30 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around October 20. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 89% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 11% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 20 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around May 30. On March 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Tahoe Vista varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 30 to April 16, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on February 27.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from April 16 to October 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% 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 in Tahoe Vista changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.2 months, from April 8 to November 12. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 10% on May 3.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 4.8 months, from November 12 to April 8. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 15% on February 6.
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. Tahoe Vista experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.6 months, from September 21 to June 7, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 6, with an average total accumulation of 2.3 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from June 7 to September 21. The least rain falls around July 30, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Tahoe Vista experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 7 to May 16, 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 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 16 to October 7. The least snow falls around August 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Tahoe Vista varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 24 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 57 minutes later at 7:30 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:36 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 54 minutes later at 8:30 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Tahoe Vista during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Tahoe Vista, 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 Tahoe Vista experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from November 7 to June 13, with average wind speeds of more than 6.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from June 13 to November 7. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Tahoe Vista varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.9 months, from March 4 to October 2, with a peak percentage of 58% on July 23. The wind is most often from the east for 1.0 months, from October 2 to November 2, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 5. The wind is most often from the south for 4.1 months, from November 2 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Tahoe Vista throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Tahoe Vista for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Tahoe Vista for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in Tahoe Vista typically lasts for 2.2 months (67 days), from around June 26 to around September 1, rarely starting before June 4, or ending after September 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Tahoe Vista should appear around May 10, only rarely appearing before April 25 or after May 31.
Growing Degree Days
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 8 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 29, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tahoe Vista are 39.240 deg latitude, -120.051 deg longitude, and 6,490 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tahoe Vista contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,512 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,496 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,125 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,026 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tahoe Vista is covered by trees (60%) and water (35%), within 10 miles by trees (54%) and water (30%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (50%) and trees (42%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Tahoe Vista, 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 Tahoe Vista.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Tahoe Vista 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 Tahoe Vista is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Tahoe Vista and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Truckee Tahoe Airport (56%, 12 kilometers, northwest); Carson Airport (12%, 28 kilometers, east); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (9%, 36 kilometers, northeast); and Lake Tahoe Airport (23%, 38 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .