Weather

The City of Gallup and a portion of McKinley County are located on the Colorado Plateau, an area of high desert country. The elevation at Gallup is approximately 6,515 feet above sea level. Precipitation averages about seven inches per year with roughly 40% falling in July, August and September, and 34% during December to March.

It is sunny in Gallup about 280 days a year. The average minimum and maximum temperature range is 31.7F to 64.6F.

Summer temperatures are moderated by low humidity and high elevation; evenings are cool and daytime temperatures are comfortable. Gallup winters are cold, but with low humidity and lots of sunshine. Snowfall seldom stays on the ground more than two or three days.

Average Wind Speeds Airport Monitoring Stations (MPH)

Station Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Ann
Gallup Airport 1996-2006 5.7 6.9 7.8 10.0 9.0 8.8 6.9 6.0 6.5 6.1 5.6 5.3 7.0

Source: Western Regional Climate Center

Gallup FAA AP, New Mexico [293422]
Period of Record Monthly Climate Summary  |  Period of Record: 1/1/1921 to 3/31/2013

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average Max
Temp (F)
44.3 48.8 56.3 64.8 74.2 85.1 87.7 85.1 78.9 67.8 54.3 45.1 66
Average Min
Temp (F)
13.6 18.1 22.7 28.2 36.6 45.0 53.9 52.8 43.9 30.9 20.2 13.4 31.6
Average Total
Precip (in.)
0.82 0.70 0.70 0.52 0.55 0.42 1.72 1.92 1.13 1.00 0.84 0.72 11.08
Average Total
Snow Fall (in.)
6.4 6.1 3.8 2.3 0.6 0 0 0 0 0.7 4.1 6.6 30.6
Average Snow
Depth (in.)
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Source: Western Regional Climate Center
 

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