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Average Weather in February in Carmel-by-the-Sea California, United States

In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the month of February is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 60°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 68°F or dropping below 54°F.

Daily low temperatures are around 47°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 53°F.

For reference, on October 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Carmel-by-the-Sea typically range from 54°F to 67°F, while on January 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 60°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in February

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in February

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The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

The month of February in Carmel-by-the-Sea experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 51% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 51% on February 17.

The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 50% of the time.

For reference, on February 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 51%, while on August 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.

Cloud Cover in February

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Carmel-by-the-Sea, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 27% and ending it at 29%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 22.

Probability of Precipitation in February

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during February in Carmel-by-the-Sea is essentially constant, remaining about 3.7 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 7.7 inches or falling below 0.6 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 3.8 inches on February 15.

Average Monthly Rainfall in February

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

Over the course of February in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 57 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 8 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 54 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the month in Carmel-by-the-Sea is 7:09 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 30 minutes earlier at 6:39 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 5:34 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 28 minutes later at 6:01 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Carmel-by-the-Sea during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during February, so the entire month is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:49 AM and sets 14 hours, 40 minutes later, at 8:29 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:16 AM and sets 9 hours, 40 minutes later, at 4:55 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February

The solar day over the course of February. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Carmel-by-the-Sea is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on September 16, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 17, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

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The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Carmel-by-the-Sea is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 4.4 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on March 28, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour, while on September 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in February

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Carmel-by-the-Sea throughout February is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 41% on February 11.

Wind Direction in February

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Carmel-by-the-Sea is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature in Carmel-by-the-Sea is essentially constant during February, remaining around 55°F throughout.

Average Water Temperature in February

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Carmel-by-the-Sea is gradually increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 3.1 kWh to 4.1 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Carmel-by-the-Sea are 36.555 deg latitude, -121.923 deg longitude, and 171 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Carmel-by-the-Sea contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 860 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 214 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,186 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,863 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Carmel-by-the-Sea is covered by artificial surfaces (29%), water (24%), shrubs (15%), and herbaceous vegetation (14%), within 10 miles by water (54%) and shrubs (13%), and within 50 miles by water (53%) and grassland (15%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Carmel-by-the-Sea year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Monterey Regional Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

At a distance of 9 kilometers from Carmel-by-the-Sea, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Carmel-by-the-Sea according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.