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Average Weather in February in Xining China

Daily high temperatures increase by 7°F, from 35°F to 42°F, rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 53°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 9°F to 18°F, rarely falling below 1°F or exceeding 25°F.

For reference, on July 28, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Xining typically range from 54°F to 75°F, while on January 11, the coldest day of the year, they range from 6°F to 33°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

Average Hourly Temperature in February in Xining181522112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282812 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanMarfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Coalhurst, Canada (6,111 miles away) and Chama, New Mexico, United States (7,050 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Xining (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of February in Xining experiences increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 34% to 44%.

The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 66% of the time.

For reference, on May 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 50%, while on November 27, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 76%.

Cloud Cover Categories in February

Cloud Cover Categories in February in Xining18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMarFeb 166%Feb 166%Feb 2856%Feb 2856%Feb 1162%Feb 1162%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

Sun

Over the course of February in Xining, 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, 7 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 50 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 23 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February in Xining18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrJanMarnightnightdaydayFeb 110 hr, 23 minFeb 110 hr, 23 minFeb 2811 hr, 20 minFeb 2811 hr, 20 min
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 Xining is 8:15 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 30 minutes earlier at 7:45 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 6:38 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 28 minutes later at 7:06 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is not observed in Xining during 2018.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:54 AM and sets 14 hours, 40 minutes later, at 8:34 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:21 AM and sets 9 hours, 39 minutes later, at 6:00 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in February

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in February in Xining18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanMar7:45 AM7:45 AMFeb 287:06 PMFeb 287:06 PM8:15 AM8:15 AMFeb 16:38 PMFeb 16:38 PM8:00 AM8:00 AMFeb 166:54 PMFeb 166:54 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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 Xining is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 18, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

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

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 Xining is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 6.0 miles per hour to 6.7 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on March 17, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.9 miles per hour, while on September 27, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.5 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 Xining throughout February is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 52% on February 1.

Wind Direction in February

Wind Direction in February in XiningWE18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%JanMarwesteastnorthsouth
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Xining typically lasts for 5.7 months (174 days), from around April 23 to around October 14, rarely starting before April 5 or after May 10, and rarely ending before September 29 or after October 29.

The month of February in Xining is reliably fully outside of the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February in Xining18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMar0%Feb 150%Feb 15frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Xining are essentially constant during February, remaining within 1°F of 1°F throughout.

Growing Degree Days in February

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of February, 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 Xining is increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 4.0 kWh to 5.0 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 Xining are 36.626 deg latitude, 101.757 deg longitude, and 7,523 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Xining contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,194 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7,532 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,169 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,810 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Xining is covered by artificial surfaces (61%) and grassland (24%), within 10 miles by grassland (53%) and cropland (28%), and within 50 miles by grassland (58%) and trees (20%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Xining 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, Xining Caojiabao Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Xining.

At a distance of 1 kilometer from Xining, 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 Xining 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.

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