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Average Weather in February in Cottonwood Alabama, United States

In Cottonwood, the month of February is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 6°F, from 63°F to 68°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 79°F or dropping below 50°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 42°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 29°F or exceeding 60°F.

For reference, on July 16, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cottonwood typically range from 74°F to 91°F, while on January 17, the coldest day of the year, they range from 42°F to 61°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 < very cold < 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.


The month of February in Cottonwood experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 45% throughout the month.

The clearest day of the month is February 23, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 56% of the time.

For reference, on July 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 57%, 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

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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.


A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Cottonwood, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is essentially constant, remaining around 30% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on July 30, and its lowest chance is 18% on October 15.

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).


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 Cottonwood is increasing, starting the month at 4.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.5 inches or falls below 1.9 inches, and ending the month at 5.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.6 inches or falls below 2.4 inches.

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.


Over the course of February in Cottonwood, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 46 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 43 seconds, and weekly increase of 12 minutes, 1 second.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 44 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February

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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 Cottonwood is 6:32 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 6:08 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 5:17 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 22 minutes later at 5:39 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Cottonwood 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 5:38 AM and sets 14 hours, 10 minutes later, at 7:48 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:35 AM and sets 10 hours, 8 minutes later, at 4:43 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February in Cottonwood181522112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282812 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanMar6:08 AM6:08 AMFeb 285:39 PMFeb 285:39 PM6:32 AM6:32 AMFeb 15:17 PMFeb 15:17 PM6:25 AM6:25 AMFeb 115:25 PMFeb 115:25 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.


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 Cottonwood is essentially constant during February, remaining within 1% of 3% throughout.

For reference, on July 23, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 98% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

Humidity Comfort Levels in February in Cottonwood18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanMarFeb 12%Feb 12%Feb 284%Feb 284%Feb 113%Feb 113%comfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggy
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.


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 Cottonwood is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.0 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on March 7, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.2 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.3 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 wind direction in Cottonwood during February is predominantly out of the north from February 1 to February 27 and the south from February 27 to February 28.

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

Cottonwood 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 Cottonwood is essentially constant during February, remaining around 63°F throughout.

The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 62°F on February 16.

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 Cottonwood is gradually increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 3.7 kWh to 4.7 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.


For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cottonwood are 31.049 deg latitude, -85.305 deg longitude, and 148 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cottonwood is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 92 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 149 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (256 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (587 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cottonwood is covered by cropland (64%) and trees (29%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and cropland (40%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Cottonwood 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 are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Cottonwood.

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

The estimated value at Cottonwood is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cottonwood and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Marianna Municipal Airport (49%, 26 kilometers, southeast); Dothan Regional Airport (34%, 33 kilometers, northwest); and Early County Airport (16%, 55 kilometers, northeast).

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.


The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.