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Average Weather at Truckee Tahoe Airport California, United States

At Truckee Tahoe Airport, the summers are warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, freezing, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 82°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 89°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Truckee Tahoe Airport for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 17 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 29, with an average high of 82°F and low of 41°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 20 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 16°F and high of 39°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 Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolwarmcomfortable
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.

Ростуша, Macedonia (6,333 miles away); Orta, Turkey (6,669 miles); and Fareydūnshahr, Iran (7,413 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Truckee Tahoe Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Truckee Tahoe Airport, 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 at Truckee Tahoe Airport 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

Cloud Cover Categories at Truckee Tahoe AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2989%Jul 2989%Mar 246%Mar 246%May 3067%May 3067%Oct 2068%Oct 2068%clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly 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 Truckee Tahoe Airport varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from October 29 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 24.

The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from April 16 to October 29. 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 at Truckee Tahoe Airport changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.1 months, from April 11 to November 13. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 12% on December 1.

Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 4.9 months, from November 13 to April 11. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 17% on February 27.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Truckee Tahoe AirportmixedrainmixedJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 2433%Feb 2433%Jul 192%Jul 192%Apr 1120%Apr 1120%Nov 1324%Nov 1324%Jan 128%Jan 128%mixedrainsnow
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. Truckee Tahoe Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from September 19 to June 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 7, with an average total accumulation of 2.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 9 to September 19. The least rain falls around July 30, 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.

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. Truckee Tahoe Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 12 to May 14, 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 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.6 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 14 to October 12. The least snow falls around August 6, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Truckee Tahoe AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 in4.0 inFeb 191.6 inFeb 191.6 inAug 60.0 inAug 60.0 inJan 11.5 inJan 11.5 inOct 120.1 inOct 120.1 inMay 140.1 inMay 140.1 in
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 at Truckee Tahoe Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 24 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 57 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 57 minJun 2014 hr, 57 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 24 minDec 219 hr, 24 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 5:33 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 59 minutes later at 7:32 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:37 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 54 minutes later at 8:31 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Truckee Tahoe 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 Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 135:33 AMJun 135:33 AM8:31 PMJun 278:31 PMJun 27Dec 74:37 PMDec 74:37 PM7:32 AMNov 47:32 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 Truckee Tahoe 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 Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 120%Jan 120%Jul 140%Jul 140%drydry
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 Truckee Tahoe Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from November 6 to June 11, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from June 11 to November 6. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Truckee Tahoe AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mph12 mphMar 276.7 mphMar 276.7 mphAug 64.9 mphAug 64.9 mphNov 65.8 mphNov 65.8 mphJun 115.8 mphJun 115.8 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 at Truckee Tahoe Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 6.7 months, from March 11 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 57% on July 23. The wind is most often from the east for 1.0 months, from October 1 to November 1, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 20. The wind is most often from the south for 4.3 months, from November 1 to March 11, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Truckee Tahoe AirportSWESJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
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 Truckee Tahoe 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 Truckee Tahoe Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Truckee Tahoe Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.64.60.00.0 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 Truckee Tahoe Airport for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Truckee Tahoe Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468102.92.90.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Truckee Tahoe Airport typically lasts for 1.6 months (50 days), from around July 5 to around August 24, rarely starting before June 12, or ending after September 14.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 550%Jul 550%Aug 2450%Aug 2450%Jun 1210%Jun 1210%Sep 1410%Sep 1410%0%Nov 160%Nov 16Jul 3182%Jul 3182%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolwarm
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 Truckee Tahoe Airport should appear around May 3, only rarely appearing before April 18 or after May 25.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Truckee Tahoe AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°F1,400°F1,600°F1,800°FMay 390°FMay 390°FJul 30900°FJul 30900°FDec 311,714°FDec 311,714°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 9 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 8.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 14, 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

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Truckee Tahoe AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJul 18.7 kWhJul 18.7 kWhDec 232.3 kWhDec 232.3 kWhMay 97.4 kWhMay 97.4 kWhAug 227.4 kWhAug 227.4 kWhNov 23.6 kWhNov 23.6 kWhFeb 143.6 kWhFeb 143.6 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 Truckee Tahoe Airport are 39.320 deg latitude, -120.140 deg longitude, and 5,935 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Truckee Tahoe Airport contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 636 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,869 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,767 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,167 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Truckee Tahoe Airport is covered by shrubs (77%) and trees (23%), within 10 miles by trees (72%) and shrubs (24%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (48%) and trees (45%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Truckee Tahoe 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

Truckee Tahoe 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 Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Carson Airport, Lake Tahoe Airport, Blue Canyon-Nyack Airport, Placerville Airport, Auburn Municipal Airport, Bridgeport Sonora Junction, and Lincoln Regional 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.