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Average Weather at Redding Municipal Airport California, United States

At Redding Municipal Airport, the summers are sweltering, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 99°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 107°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Redding Municipal Airport for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 13 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 99°F and low of 67°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 15 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is December 27, with an average low of 37°F and high of 55°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 at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotwarmswelteringvery coldvery cold
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 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.

Andújar, Spain (5,761 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Redding Municipal Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Redding Municipal Airport, 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 at Redding Municipal Airport begins around May 29 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around October 20. On August 4, 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 20 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around May 29. On January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 61% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 39% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Redding Municipal AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 490%Aug 490%Jan 1039%Jan 1039%May 2964%May 2964%Oct 2065%Oct 2065%clearovercastpartly cloudymostly cloudymostly clear
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 at Redding Municipal Airport varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.2 months, from October 27 to May 1, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on March 1.

The drier season lasts 5.8 months, from May 1 to October 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on August 2.

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 39% on March 1.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Redding Municipal AirportwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 139%Mar 139%Aug 22%Aug 22%Jan 134%Jan 134%Oct 2721%Oct 2721%May 121%May 121%rain
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. Redding Municipal Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.6 months, from September 7 to June 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 14, with an average total accumulation of 6.7 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from June 26 to September 7. The least rain falls around July 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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 at Redding Municipal Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2015 hr, 4 minJun 2015 hr, 4 minJun 2012 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 17 minDec 219 hr, 17 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:38 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 5 minutes later at 7:43 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:42 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 2 minutes later at 8:43 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Redding Municipal Airport 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 at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:38 AMJun 145:38 AM8:43 PMJun 278:43 PMJun 27Dec 74:42 PMDec 74:42 PM7:43 AMNov 47:43 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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 at Redding Municipal Airport, 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 at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 220%Feb 220%Jul 311%Jul 311%drydrycomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
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 at Redding Municipal Airport does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.4 miles per hour of 4.5 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mphMar 15.0 mphMar 15.0 mphAug 94.1 mphAug 94.1 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 at Redding Municipal Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.3 months, from February 14 to April 23 and for 2.8 months, from June 21 to September 14, with a peak percentage of 55% on August 6. The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 months, from April 23 to June 21 and for 5.0 months, from September 14 to February 14, with a peak percentage of 38% on May 10.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Redding Municipal AirportNSNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Redding Municipal Airport 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 Redding Municipal Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Redding Municipal Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.87.80.60.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Redding Municipal Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Redding Municipal Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.86.80.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season at Redding Municipal Airport typically lasts for 9.1 months (278 days), from around February 20 to around November 25, rarely starting before January 14 or after March 31, and rarely ending before November 5 or after December 22.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Redding Municipal Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 2050%Feb 2050%Nov 2550%Nov 2590%Mar 3190%Mar 3190%Nov 590%Nov 510%Jan 1410%Jan 1410%Dec 2210%Dec 22Jul 21100%Jul 21100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Redding Municipal Airport should appear around February 9, only rarely appearing before January 25 or after March 1.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Redding Municipal AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°FFeb 989°FFeb 989°FMay 16900°FMay 16900°FJun 261,800°FJun 261,800°FDec 315,018°FDec 315,018°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 13 to August 24, 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 8.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 1 to February 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 1.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Redding Municipal AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJul 18.4 kWhJul 18.4 kWhDec 201.8 kWhDec 201.8 kWhMay 137.1 kWhMay 137.1 kWhAug 247.1 kWhAug 247.1 kWhNov 13.1 kWhNov 13.1 kWhFeb 203.1 kWhFeb 203.1 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 Redding Municipal Airport are 40.509 deg latitude, -122.294 deg longitude, and 482 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Redding Municipal Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 125 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 479 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (955 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (10,243 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Redding Municipal Airport is covered by grassland (81%) and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by grassland (59%) and shrubs (17%), and within 50 miles by trees (41%) and shrubs (32%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Redding Municipal Airport, 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

Redding Municipal Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Red Bluff Municipal Airport, Mount Shasta, Chico Municipal Airport, Oroville Municipal Airport, Siskiyou County Airport, Yuba County Airport, Beale Air Force Base, and Ukiah Municipal Airport.

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.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.