Average Weather in December in Reed City Michigan, United States
In Reed City, the month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 8°F, from 37°F to 29°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 51°F or dropping below 17°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 25°F to 17°F, rarely falling below 1°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Reed City typically range from 57°F to 81°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 13°F to 27°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 Reed City experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 64% to 71%.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 36% of the time.
For reference, on January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 71%, while on August 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Reed City, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 24% and ending it at 21%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on September 22, and its lowest chance is 16% on February 3.
Over the course of December in Reed City, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 12% to 6%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 5% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 7% to 11%.
Probability of Precipitation in December
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 December in Reed City is decreasing, starting the month at 1.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.7 inches or falls below 0.3 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.6 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 Reed City is essentially constant, remaining about 0.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.3 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Reed City, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 8 hours, 54 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Reed City is 7:56 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 8:16 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 5:04 PM on December 9 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 5:14 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Reed City 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 5:59 AM and sets 15 hours, 28 minutes later, at 9:28 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:13 AM and sets 8 hours, 54 minutes later, at 5:07 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Reed City is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 30, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 23% 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 Reed City is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.1 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Reed City is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 1.3 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.3 kWh on December 23.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Reed City are 43.875 deg latitude, -85.510 deg longitude, and 1,106 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Reed City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 230 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,085 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (505 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,152 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Reed City is covered by cropland (61%) and artificial surfaces (29%), within 10 miles by trees (59%) and cropland (33%), and within 50 miles by trees (56%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Reed City 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Reed City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Reed City 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 Reed City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Reed City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Roben-Hood Airport (67%, 18 kilometers, south); Wexford County Airport (17%, 46 kilometers, north); Mason County Airport (8%, 73 kilometers, west); and Manistee County-Blacker Airport (8%, 74 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .