Average Weather in December in Saranac Michigan, United States
In Saranac, the month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 8°F, from 40°F to 32°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 54°F or dropping below 19°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 29°F to 21°F, rarely falling below 6°F or exceeding 39°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Saranac typically range from 62°F to 82°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 17°F to 30°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
The month of December in Saranac experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 61% to 68%.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 39% of the time.
For reference, on January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 68%, while on August 23, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Saranac, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 22% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 34% on June 13, and its lowest chance is 17% on February 4.
Over the course of December in Saranac, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 16% to 10%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 4% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 4% to 9%.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Saranac is decreasing, starting the month at 1.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.9 inches or falls below 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 0.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during December in Saranac is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.2 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Saranac, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 1 minute of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Saranac is 7:52 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 19 minutes later at 8:11 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 5:06 PM on December 7 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 5:16 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Saranac during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:02 AM and sets 15 hours, 21 minutes later, at 9:23 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:08 AM and sets 9 hours, 1 minute later, at 5:09 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Saranac is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 35% of the time, while on November 16, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
The average hourly wind speed in Saranac is gradually increasing during December, increasing from 11.6 miles per hour to 12.1 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 12, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.4 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Saranac 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 Saranac is decreasing during December, falling by 5°F, from 45°F to 40°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in December
The growing season in Saranac typically lasts for 5.5 months (168 days), from around April 30 to around October 15, rarely starting before April 12 or after May 19, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 2.
The month of December in Saranac is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Saranac is essentially constant during December, remaining within 2°F of 2,768°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Saranac is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 1.5 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.4 kWh on December 23.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Saranac are 42.929 deg latitude, -85.213 deg longitude, and 771 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Saranac contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 203 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 720 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (322 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (676 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Saranac is covered by trees (53%) and cropland (32%), within 10 miles by cropland (72%) and trees (23%), and within 50 miles by cropland (63%) and trees (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Saranac 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 6 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Saranac.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Saranac 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 Saranac is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Saranac and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (43%, 26 kilometers, west); Fitch H Beach Airport (15%, 51 kilometers, southeast); Lansing, Capital City Airport (14%, 54 kilometers, east); Gratiot Community Airport (12%, 61 kilometers, northeast); W K Kellogg Airport (10%, 69 kilometers, south); and Roben-Hood Airport (7%, 91 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .