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Climate in New Mexico

New Mexico, New Mexico gets 15 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

New Mexico averages 24 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 278 sunny days per year in New Mexico. The US average is 205 sunny days.

New Mexico gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 60 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 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 20
Rain: averages 15 inches of rain a year.
Snow: averages 24 inches of snow a year.


SPERLING'S COMFORT INDEX
New Mexico ranks 71/100 for Comfort Index

A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.


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.

CLIMATE

Climate Averages
  New Mexico, New MexicoUnited States
  14.6 in.38.1 in.
  23.6 in.27.8 in.
  60.1 days106.2 days
  278 days205 days
  88.3°85.8°
  19.7°21.7°
  7154
  6.24.3
  5753 ft.2443 ft.

July is the hottest month for New Mexico with an average high temperature of 88.3°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In New Mexico, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for New Mexico are May, September and August.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for New Mexico with an average of 19.7°. This is about average compared to other of the U.S. states.


New Mexico has 42.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.


New Mexico has 142.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.


New Mexico averages 3.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.


August is the wettest month in New Mexico with 2.6 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 42% of yearly precipitation and 15% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season.


New Mexico's average annual rainfall of 14.6 inches indicates that it is one of the driest states in the United States.


New Mexico's average annual snowfall of 23.6 inches indicates that it is less snowy than most states in the United States.



December is the snowiest month in New Mexico with 5.3 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.


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    Reviews for New Mexico    33 Reviews
    back in time. - 10/21/2017
    I m a native of northern california. I came to New Mexico with my companion of many years, due to illness he was forced into an early retirement. He was born and raised... Read More

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    back in time. - 10/21/2017
    I m a native of northern california. I came to New Mexico with my companion of many years, due to illness he was forced into an early retirement. He was born and raised... Read More

    Land of entrapment - 10/27/2016
    The only way to survive your stay in NM is to srT home while you plan to move out I came here as a volunteer 2 years ago and have lived in 5 states Unless you are... Read More


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