Average Weather in Mesa Verde California, United States
In Mesa Verde, the summers are sweltering and arid, the winters are cool and dry, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 108°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 114°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Mesa Verde for hot-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from late August to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 100°F. The hottest day of the year is July 10, with an average high of 108°F and low of 82°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 19 to February 21, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is December 26, with an average low of 43°F and high of 65°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 Mesa Verde, 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 Mesa Verde begins around April 9 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around November 5. On September 17, 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 November 5 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around April 9. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
Mesa Verde does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 9%, with an average value of 4%.
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 9% on August 24.
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. Mesa Verde experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 1.3 weeks, from February 9 to February 18, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 14, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 12 months, from February 18 to February 9. The least rain falls around June 4, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Mesa Verde varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 55 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:28 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 30 minutes later at 6:57 AM on March 8. The earliest sunset is at 4:30 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 23 minutes later at 7:53 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Mesa Verde during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Mesa Verde experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 29 to September 22, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 7% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 24, with muggy conditions 29% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 6, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Mesa Verde experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from March 1 to July 23, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from July 23 to March 1. The calmest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Mesa Verde varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.4 months, from March 8 to June 20 and for 1.7 weeks, from September 20 to October 2, with a peak percentage of 51% on May 20. The wind is most often from the south for 3.0 months, from June 20 to September 20, with a peak percentage of 63% on August 3. The wind is most often from the north for 5.2 months, from October 2 to March 8, with a peak percentage of 62% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Mesa Verde 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 times of year to visit Mesa Verde for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the second week of October.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Mesa Verde for hot-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from late August to late September, with a peak score in the third week of June.
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.
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Mesa Verde over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 1, with a 69% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Mesa Verde should appear around January 15, only rarely appearing before January 11 or after January 22.
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 3.2 months, from April 19 to July 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 12, with an average of 8.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 4 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mesa Verde are 33.606 deg latitude, -114.731 deg longitude, and 390 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mesa Verde contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 167 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 392 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,543 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,852 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mesa Verde is covered by shrubs (83%) and bare soil (14%), within 10 miles by shrubs (62%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (86%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mesa Verde, 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 Mesa Verde.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Mesa Verde 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 Mesa Verde is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Mesa Verde and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Blythe Airport (99%, 2.2 kilometers, northeast); Yuma International Airport (0.3%, 105 kilometers, south); Imperial County Airport (0.2%, 117 kilometers, southwest); General Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada International Airport (0.2%, 119 kilometers, southwest); and Thermal Airport (0.2%, 132 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .