Average Weather in Big Pine California, United States
In Big Pine, the summers are hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 97°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 102°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Big Pine for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 6 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 97°F and low of 60°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 19 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is December 25, with an average low of 25°F and high of 52°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
In Big Pine, 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 Big Pine begins around May 22 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around October 27. On August 10, 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 27 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around May 22. On February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 43% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% 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 Big Pine varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from November 20 to April 5, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 24% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from April 5 to November 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on June 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 20% on February 20.
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. Big Pine experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from October 8 to May 3, 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 2.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 3 to October 8. The least rain falls around June 27, 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. Big Pine experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 27 to February 18, 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 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from February 18 to November 27. The least snow falls around July 29, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Big Pine varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:32 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 7:19 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:35 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 42 minutes later at 8:17 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Big Pine 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 Big Pine, 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 Big Pine experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from February 18 to July 5, with average wind speeds of more than 5.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.5 months, from July 5 to February 18. The calmest day of the year is October 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Big Pine is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Big Pine 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 Big Pine for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the first 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 Big Pine for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third 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 Big Pine typically lasts for 6.1 months (187 days), from around April 19 to around October 24, rarely starting before March 30 or after May 14, and rarely ending before October 3 or after November 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Big Pine should appear around February 25, only rarely appearing before February 10 or after March 15.
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 3.5 months, from May 2 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 8.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 3 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Big Pine are 37.165 deg latitude, -118.290 deg longitude, and 3,967 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Big Pine contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 627 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,054 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (9,580 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (13,386 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Big Pine is covered by shrubs (63%), cropland (21%), and grassland (16%), within 10 miles by shrubs (90%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (69%) and trees (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Big Pine, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Big Pine.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Big Pine 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 Big Pine is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Big Pine and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Bishop Airport (91%, 24 kilometers, north); Fresno Air Terminal Airport (4.7%, 134 kilometers, west); and Visalia Municipal Airport (4.6%, 137 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .