Average Weather in Ridgecrest California, United States
In Ridgecrest, the summers are sweltering, arid, and clear and the winters are cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 103°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 110°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Ridgecrest for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 7 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 94°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 103°F and low of 71°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 19 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is December 27, with an average low of 30°F and high of 58°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 Ridgecrest, 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 Ridgecrest begins around April 27 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around November 2. On September 7, 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 November 2 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around April 27. On February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% 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 Ridgecrest varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from November 23 to March 28, with a greater than 8% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 16% on February 21.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from March 28 to November 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 13.
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 16% on February 21.
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. Ridgecrest experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from November 20 to March 27, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 19, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from March 27 to November 20. The least rain falls around June 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Ridgecrest varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 45 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 34 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:34 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 40 minutes later at 7:14 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:37 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 33 minutes later at 8:10 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest, 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 Ridgecrest experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from March 16 to July 27, with average wind speeds of more than 8.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is June 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.7 months, from July 27 to March 16. The calmest day of the year is January 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ridgecrest varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.2 months, from February 14 to October 20, with a peak percentage of 68% on July 3. The wind is most often from the north for 3.8 months, from October 20 to February 14, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to early October, with a peak score in the second week of September.
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 Ridgecrest for hot-weather activities is from late June to late 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 Ridgecrest typically lasts for 8.0 months (244 days), from around March 15 to around November 13, rarely starting before February 12 or after April 12, and rarely ending before October 27 or after December 1.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ridgecrest should appear around February 4, only rarely appearing before January 25 or after February 16.
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 3.7 months, from April 26 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 18, with an average of 8.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 4 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ridgecrest are 35.622 deg latitude, -117.671 deg longitude, and 2,310 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ridgecrest contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 148 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,296 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,516 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,098 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ridgecrest is covered by shrubs (80%) and artificial surfaces (13%), within 10 miles by shrubs (84%) and bare soil (16%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (87%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ridgecrest, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ridgecrest.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ridgecrest 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 Ridgecrest is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ridgecrest and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ridgecrest Community Hospital Heliport (92%, 8 kilometers, north); Edwards, Edwards Air Force Auxiliary North Base (3.3%, 73 kilometers, south); Mojave Airport (3.1%, 76 kilometers, southwest); and Bicycle Lake Army Airfield (1.6%, 101 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .