Average Weather in Colchani Bolivia
The climate in Colchani is comfortable and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 74°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Colchani for warm-weather activities are from mid to late April and from mid August to mid December.
The temperature in Colchani varies so little throughout the year that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss hot and cold seasons.
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 Colchani, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Colchani begins around April 17 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around October 5. On July 22, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 5 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around April 17. On January 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 86% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 14% 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 Colchani varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from December 10 to March 21, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on January 8.
The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from March 21 to December 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on May 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 48% on January 8.
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. Colchani experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 26 to April 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 17, with an average total accumulation of 2.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 13 to October 26. The least rain falls around May 26, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Colchani varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 11 hours, 6 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:42 AM on November 24, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 15 minutes later at 6:57 AM on July 7. The earliest sunset is at 5:59 PM on June 3, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 7:07 PM on January 19.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Colchani during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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 Colchani, 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 Colchani experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from July 28 to December 4, with average wind speeds of more than 6.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.7 months, from December 4 to July 28. The calmest day of the year is May 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Colchani varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 months, from May 26 to July 14, with a peak percentage of 50% on June 10. The wind is most often from the north for 10 months, from July 14 to May 26, with a peak percentage of 65% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Colchani 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 Colchani for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid to late April and from mid August to mid December, with a peak score in the first week of November.
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 Colchani for hot-weather activities is from early October to late November, with a peak score in the first week of November.
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.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Colchani typically lasts for 9.0 months (272 days), from around August 17 to around May 16, rarely starting before July 28 or after September 10, and rarely ending before April 29 or after June 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Colchani should appear around July 19, only rarely appearing before July 15 or after July 23.
Growing Degree Days
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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from September 30 to December 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is November 6, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from May 20 to July 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 5.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Colchani are -17.317 deg latitude, -66.717 deg longitude, and 10,194 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Colchani contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,862 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 10,072 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,317 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (15,016 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Colchani is covered by shrubs (43%), sparse vegetation (26%), and grassland (24%), within 10 miles by grassland (61%) and shrubs (19%), and within 50 miles by grassland (35%) and shrubs (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Colchani, 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 is only a single weather station, Jorge Wilsterman, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Colchani.
At a distance of 58 kilometers from Colchani, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Colchani according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.