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Average Weather in Vado New Mexico, United States

In Vado, the summers are hot, the winters are short and cold, and it is dry and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 97°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 103°F.

Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Vado for hot-weather activities is from early June to late August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 19 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 89°F. The hottest day of the year is June 25, with an average high of 97°F and low of 70°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 20 to February 17, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 33°F and high of 57°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in VadoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotcoldvery coldvery coldsweltering
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Caucete, Argentina (5,075 miles away); Shiraz, Iran (7,968 miles); and Muzaffarābād, Pakistan (7,852 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Vado (view comparison).

Clouds

In Vado, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Vado begins around March 22 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around July 6. On June 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 80% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 20% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around July 6 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around March 22. On August 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in VadoclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1280%Jun 1280%Aug 561%Aug 561%Mar 2270%Mar 2270%clearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Vado varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 2.5 months, from July 2 to September 18, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on August 3.

The drier season lasts 9.5 months, from September 18 to July 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on March 19.

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 30% on August 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in VadowetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 330%Aug 330%Mar 193%Mar 193%Jan 18%Jan 18%Jul 216%Jul 216%Sep 1816%Sep 1816%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Vado experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from June 14 to December 21, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from December 21 to June 14. The least rain falls around March 30, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Vado varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:59 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 25 minutes later at 7:25 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:01 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:17 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Vado 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in VadoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:59 AMJun 125:59 AM8:17 PMJun 298:17 PMJun 29Dec 35:01 PMDec 35:01 PM7:25 AMNov 37:25 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 Vado, 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, staying within 3% of 3% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in VadoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 260%Nov 260%Aug 57%Aug 57%drydryhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 Vado experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from February 8 to June 16, with average wind speeds of more than 8.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.8 months, from June 16 to February 8. The calmest day of the year is August 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Vado varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 3.5 months, from June 27 to October 13, with a peak percentage of 43% on August 21. The wind is most often from the west for 8.5 months, from October 13 to June 27, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in VadoWEWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Vado 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 Vado for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to late June and from late August to mid October, with a peak score in the last week of May.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Vadobest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.47.41.11.17.37.36.26.2 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Vado for hot-weather activities is from early June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of June.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Vadobest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.47.40.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Vado typically lasts for 8.1 months (248 days), from around March 9 to around November 13, rarely starting before February 16 or after April 2, and rarely ending before October 24 or after December 3.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Vadogrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 950%Mar 950%Nov 1350%Nov 1390%Apr 290%Apr 290%Oct 2490%Oct 2410%Feb 1610%Feb 1610%Dec 310%Dec 3Jul 16100%Jul 16100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within 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 Vado should appear around February 5, only rarely appearing before January 27 or after February 17.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in VadoJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°F6,000°FFeb 588°FFeb 588°FApr 28900°FApr 28900°FDec 315,929°FDec 315,929°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from April 13 to July 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 6, with an average of 8.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 6 to February 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 3.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in VadobrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJun 68.4 kWhJun 68.4 kWhDec 233.4 kWhDec 233.4 kWhApr 137.4 kWhApr 137.4 kWhFeb 54.4 kWhFeb 54.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Vado are 32.112 deg latitude, -106.662 deg longitude, and 3,822 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Vado contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 171 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,827 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,133 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,259 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Vado is covered by cropland (66%) and shrubs (31%), within 10 miles by shrubs (78%) and cropland (21%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (92%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Vado, 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 Vado.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Vado 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 Vado is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Vado and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Las Cruces International Airport (48%, 31 kilometers, northwest); Biggs Army Air Field (42%, 40 kilometers, southeast); and Holloman Air Force Base (11%, 98 kilometers, northeast).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.