This report describes the typical weather at the Jack Edwards Airport (Gulf Shores, Alabama, United States) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 2006 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Gulf Shores, Alabama 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 (61%), croplands (20%), forests (14%), and grasslands (4%).
The month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 61°F to 66°F over the course of the month, exceeding 72°F or dropping below 52°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 46 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.6 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:46 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:32 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:17am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 5:49pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 6:42am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:27pm 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 37% (mostly clear) to 45% (partly cloudy).
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 41% of the time, partly cloudy 6% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 38% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 26%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, moderate rain, and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 15, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 20, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 7% 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 50% (mildly humid) to 96% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 30% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 16, at which time the relative humidity drops below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 28, rising above 94% (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 35°F (dry) to 55°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 22°F (dry) or above 65°F (mildy humid).
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 0 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 20 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 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).