This report describes the typical weather at the Scholes International Airport at Galveston (Galveston, Texas, United States) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1992 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Galveston, Texas 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 (76%) and croplands (21%).
The month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 61°F to 67°F over the course of the month, exceeding 73°F or dropping below 51°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is gradually increasing. The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:33 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:45am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:18pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 7:09am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:57pm 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 60% (partly cloudy) to 67% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 6% from the start to the end of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 40% of the time, partly cloudy 3% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 49% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 36%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, thunderstorms, and heavy rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 47% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 6, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 3, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 24, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 2, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 63% (mildly humid) to 92% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 36% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 2, at which time the relative humidity drops below 76% (humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 19, rising above 89% (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 42°F (dry) to 59°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 29°F (dry) or above 67°F (muggy).
The time of the month between February 1 and February 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 5 mph to 18 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 25 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 12 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around February 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 12 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 13, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (moderate breeze).