Weather

Bright orange and yellow storm clouds light up the sky above a grassy interdunal area
Storms and sunsets combine to create spectacular skies at White Sands National Monument.

G. Fry Photo

When planning a trip, it is a good idea to know what to expect regarding weather once you reach your destination. Temperatures and weather conditions at White Sands vary greatly throughout the year.

June through August, daytime temperatures average 95ºF (35ºC), with some days reaching as high as 110ºF (38º). Evenings are much cooler, ranging from 50-65ºF (10-18ºC).

The rainy season begins in early July and lasts into late September. These months bring the majority of our annual 10 inches (25.4 cm) of precipitation. Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms are common.

From September through November, daytime temperatures average 80ºF (27ºC), with a low of 65ºF (18ºC). Evenings are cooler, averaging around 40ºF (4ºC). During these months, days are typically sunny with light winds.

From December through February, daytime temperatures average 60ºF (16ºC). Evenings are cold, averaging around 23ºF (-5ºC). The occasional winter storm will bring rain and limited snow.

March through May, daytime temperatures average about 75ºF (24ºC). Evenings are cool, averaging around 40ºF (4ºC). Spring brings high winds up to 50 mph. Sunny days with strong windstorms are common.

Current Weather Forecast

White Sands National Monument’s forecasted weather conditions for the next few days can be found at noaa.gov.

White Sands also manages a network of weather stations throughout the monument that monitor weather conditions. These stations also us with information on how wind shapes the dunes over time. To see the live data provided by these sites visit mesowest.utuah.edu and follow these steps:
  1. Under Data Selection, change Network to “All Networks”
  2. Click Refresh Map
  3. Zoom in to view White Sands National Monument
  4. Hover your mouse over a weather station dot to view weather information

Monthly Weather Averages

Month Average
High
Average Low Average Precipitation. Highest Recorded Lowest
Recorded
January 57°F
14°C
22°F
-6°C
0.60 inches 78°F
26°C
-25°F
-32°C
February 63°F
17°C
27°F
-3°C
0.39 inches 82°F
28°C
-22°F
-30°C
March 71°F
22°C
32°F
0°C
0.27 inches 95°F
35°C
-19°F
28°C
April 79°F
26°C
40°F
4°C
0.29 inches 97°F
36°C
11°F
-12°C
May 88°F
31°C
50°F
10°C
0.49 inches 104°F
40°C
20°F
-7°C
June 97°F
36°C
59°F
15°C
0.89 inches 111°F
44°C
38°F
3°C
July 97°F
36°C
64°F
18°C
1.41 inches 110°F
43°C
45°F
7°C
August 94°F
34°C
62°F
17°C
2.07 inches 107°F
42°C
38°F
3°C
September 89°F
32°C
55°F
13°C
1.44 inches 104°F
40°C
30°F
-1°C
October 79°F
26°C
41°F
5°C
1.09 inches 97°F
36°C
13°F
-11°C
November 67°F
19°C
28°F
2°C
0.68 inches 86°F
30°C
-12°F
-24°C
December 57°F
14°C
21°F
-6°C
0.79 inches 83°F
28°C
-8°F
-22°C

Last updated: December 20, 2016

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Holloman AFB, NM 88330

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