This report describes the typical weather at the New York City (New York, 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.
New York, New York has a humid continental climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by built-up areas (48%), oceans and seas (22%), forests (16%), grasslands (7%), and lakes and rivers (5%).
The month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 38°F to 44°F over the course of the month, exceeding 56°F or dropping below 27°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:09 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.4 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:07 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:16 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:31am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 5:47pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 7:06am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:13pm on February 1.
Daylight savings 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 is 74% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 33% of the time, partly cloudy 11% 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 47%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are light snow, light rain, moderate rain, and moderate snow.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 35% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 2, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 29, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 29, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 5, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around February 5, occurring in 27% of days.
Accumulation at this location in February is unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around February 1, occurring 17% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on February 20, with a median depth of 4.8"; the depth exceeds 11.4" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 45% (comfortable) to 82% (humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 27% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 5, at which time the relative humidity drops below 53% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 25, rising above 71% (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 11°F (dry) to 32°F (dry) and is rarely below -3°F (dry) or above 47°F (dry).
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 17 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 25 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 8, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).