Santa Cruz, New Mexico 

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Climate in Santa Cruz, New Mexico

Santa Cruz, New Mexico gets 12 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Santa Cruz averages 12 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 280 sunny days per year in Santa Cruz. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Santa Cruz gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 53 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 89 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 16
Rain: averages 12 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 12 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Santa Cruz is 7.7 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in New Mexico.

7.7 / 10
September, May and August are the most pleasant months in Santa Cruz, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Santa Cruz, New MexicoUnited States
  12.0 in.38.1 in.
  11.6 in.27.8 in.
  53.1 days106.2 days
  280 days205 days
  89.4°85.8°
  15.9°21.7°
  7.77
  6.34.3
  5663 ft.2443 ft.
CLIMATE

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.


July is the hottest month for Santa Cruz with an average high temperature of 89.4°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in New Mexico. In Santa Cruz, there are 2 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Santa Cruz are May, September and June.


December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Santa Cruz with an average of 15.8°. This is colder than most places in New Mexico.


In Santa Cruz, there are 35.3 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in New Mexico.


In Santa Cruz, there are 169.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in New Mexico.


In Santa Cruz, there are 1.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in New Mexico.


August is the wettest month in Santa Cruz with 2.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 0.4 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 40% of yearly precipitation and 14% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 12.0 inches in Santa Cruz means that it is about average compared to other places in New Mexico.


August is the rainiest month in Santa Cruz with 8.3 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 2.9 rainy days. There are 53.1 rainy days annually in Santa Cruz, which is less rainy than most places in New Mexico. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 37% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 17% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 11.6 inches in Santa Cruz means that it is about average compared to other places in New Mexico. December is the snowiest month in Santa Cruz with 2.9 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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