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Average Weather in Taft Heights California, United States

In Taft Heights, the summers are hot and clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 96°F and is rarely below 32°F or above 102°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 13 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 96°F and low of 65°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 19 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 31, with an average low of 40°F and high of 62°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 Taft Heights12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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 Taft Heights, 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 Taft Heights begins around May 3 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around November 2. On August 9, 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 November 2 and lasts for 6.0 months, ending around May 3. On February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Taft Heightsclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2247%Feb 2247%Aug 99%Aug 99%May 328%May 328%Nov 228%Nov 228%overcastpartly 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 Taft Heights varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from November 22 to April 8, with a greater than 12% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 22% on February 20.

The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from April 8 to November 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 29.

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 22% on February 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Taft Heightswetwetdry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2022%Feb 2022%Jul 290%Jul 290%Jan 13%Jan 13%Nov 2212%Nov 2212%Apr 812%Apr 812%rainmixed
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).

Sun

The length of the day in Taft Heights varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 32 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 5:42 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:22 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:45 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 31 minutes later at 8:16 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Taft Heights 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 Taft Heights12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 125:42 AMJun 125:42 AM8:16 PMJun 288:16 PMJun 28Dec 54:45 PMDec 54:45 PM7:22 AMNov 47:22 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 Taft Heights, 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 Taft Heights0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 180%Feb 180%Sep 150%Sep 150%drydryhumidhumid
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 Taft Heights experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from February 1 to June 29, with average wind speeds of more than 3.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from June 29 to February 1. The calmest day of the year is August 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Taft Heights varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 1.4 months, from July 2 to August 15, with a peak percentage of 49% on July 23. The wind is most often from the north for 11 months, from August 15 to July 2, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Taft HeightsNWN0%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).

Water Temperature

Taft Heights is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.5 months, from July 30 to November 14, with an average temperature above 59°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is October 4, with an average temperature of 60°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.0 months, from March 7 to June 8, with an average temperature below 55°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is April 18, with an average temperature of 54°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), 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 3.8 months, from April 30 to August 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 8.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 5 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Taft Heightsbrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 228.7 kWhJun 228.7 kWhDec 262.8 kWhDec 262.8 kWhApr 307.5 kWhApr 307.5 kWhAug 237.5 kWhAug 237.5 kWhNov 53.9 kWhNov 53.9 kWhFeb 144.0 kWhFeb 144.0 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 Taft Heights are 35.135 deg latitude, -119.473 deg longitude, and 1,155 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Taft Heights contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 909 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,216 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,353 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,799 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Taft Heights is covered by shrubs (91%), within 10 miles by grassland (53%) and shrubs (41%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (36%) and grassland (35%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Taft Heights, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Taft Heights.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Meadows Field (39%, 51 kilometers, northeast); Santa Ynez Airport (21%, 81 kilometers, southwest); Sandberg (10%, 81 kilometers, southeast); Santa Maria Airport (16%, 93 kilometers, west); and Oxnard Airport (13%, 107 kilometers, south).

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.