This report describes the typical weather at the Grand Strand Airport (North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (42%), forests (26%), croplands (18%), and grasslands (13%).
The month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 55°F to 60°F over the course of the month, exceeding 70°F or dropping below 43°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 54 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.9 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:33 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:27 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:44am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:11pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 7:12am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:45pm on February 1.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in February, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 36% (mostly clear) to 42% (partly cloudy).
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 35% of the time, partly cloudy 6% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 32% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 31%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 49% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 2, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 6, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around February 1, occurring in 2% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in February or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 48% (comfortable) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 25% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 19, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 12, rising above 92% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical February, the dew point typically varies from 29°F (dry) to 48°F (dry) and is rarely below 11°F (dry) or above 61°F (comfortable).
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 13 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 5, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (gentle breeze).