This report describes the typical weather at the South Padre Island (South Padre Island, Texas, United States) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 2010 to 2013. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
South Padre Island, 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 (63%), grasslands (26%), marshes (4%), and lakes and rivers (3%).
The month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 65Â°F to 73Â°F over the course of the month, exceeding 75Â°F or dropping below 61Â°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 10:60 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:38 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:52am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 6:30pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 7:13am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 6:12pm on February 1.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2013 but it neither starts nor ends in February, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 47% (partly cloudy) to 57% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 10% from the start to the end of the month.
On February 29, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 23% of the time.
On February 3, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 29% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 20% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around February 29, occurring in 41% of days. Precipitation is least likely around February 9, occurring in 33% of days.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 67% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 24, when it is observed during 28% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 29, 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 65% (mildly humid) to 98% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 58% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 4, at which time the relative humidity drops below 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 22, rising above 97% (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 48Â°F (dry) to 65Â°F (muggy) and is rarely below 42Â°F (dry) or above 68Â°F (muggy).
The time of the month between February 1 and February 23 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 4 mph to 18 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 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 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).