Average Weather in Reno Nevada, United States
In Reno, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 91°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 13°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 13 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 91°F and low of 58°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 19 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is December 31, with an average low of 24°F and high of 44°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
The length of the day in Reno varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 23 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:31 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 60 minutes later at 7:31 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:35 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 55 minutes later at 8:30 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Reno 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
In Reno, 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 Reno begins around May 31 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 19. 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 19 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around May 31. On January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Reno varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.3 months, from October 29 to April 9, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 28% on February 28.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from April 9 to October 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on August 22.
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 28.
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 in the year. Reno experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from September 26 to May 29, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 18, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 26. The least rain falls around July 30, with and 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 in the year. Reno experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from November 15 to March 23, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from March 23 to November 15. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
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 Reno, 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
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 Reno experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from February 15 to June 23, with average wind speeds of more than 3.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.7 months, from June 23 to February 15. The calmest day of the year is October 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Reno varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 9.9 months, from February 4 to December 1, with a peak percentage of 68% on July 23. The wind is most often from the south for 2.1 months, from December 1 to February 4, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 8.
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 very significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 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 July 1, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 1 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 Reno are 39.530 deg latitude, -119.814 deg longitude, and 4,564 ft elevation (map ).
The topography within 2 miles of Reno contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 466 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 4,547 feet. Within 10 miles contains extreme variations in elevation (4,905 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,317 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Reno is covered by shrubs (50%) and artificial surfaces (48%), within 10 miles by shrubs (73%) and artificial surfaces (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (65%) and trees (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Reno, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Reno.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Reno 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 Reno is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Reno and a given station.
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 .