Average Weather in February in Gulf Shores Alabama, United States
In Gulf Shores, the month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 4°F, from 62°F to 66°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 73°F or dropping below 52°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 45°F to 50°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 63°F.
For reference, on July 23, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Gulf Shores typically range from 76°F to 89°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 62°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February
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
The month of February in Gulf Shores experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 44% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is February 23, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 57% of the time.
For reference, on July 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 62%, while on October 27, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Gulf Shores, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is essentially constant, remaining around 31% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 59% on July 28, and its lowest chance is 20% on October 15.
Probability of Precipitation in February
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 Gulf Shores is gradually increasing, starting the month at 4.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.9 inches or falls below 1.9 inches, and ending the month at 4.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.2 inches or falls below 1.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February
Over the course of February in Gulf Shores, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 45 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 40 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 39 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month in Gulf Shores is 6:41 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 6:17 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:27 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 21 minutes later at 5:49 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in Gulf Shores 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, 6 minutes later, at 7:55 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:43 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February
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 Gulf Shores is gradually increasing during February, rising from 4% to 8% over the course of the month.
For reference, on August 6, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 97% of the time, while on January 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 3% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February
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 Gulf Shores is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour, while on August 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February
Wind Direction in February
Gulf Shores 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 Gulf Shores is essentially constant during February, remaining around 63°F throughout.
The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 63°F on February 8.
Average Water Temperature in February
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 Gulf Shores is gradually increasing during February, rising by 0.9 kWh, from 3.7 kWh to 4.7 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Gulf Shores are 30.246 deg latitude, -87.701 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Gulf Shores is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 33 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (75 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (299 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Gulf Shores is covered by water (51%) and artificial surfaces (35%), within 10 miles by water (64%) and cropland (13%), and within 50 miles by water (64%) and trees (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Gulf Shores 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, Jack Edwards Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Gulf Shores.
At a distance of 6 kilometers from Gulf Shores, 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 Gulf Shores 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.
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.