Average Weather in April in Reed City Michigan, United States
In Reed City, the month of April is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 14°F, from 49°F to 62°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 77°F or dropping below 35°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 28°F to 39°F, rarely falling below 16°F or exceeding 52°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 April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. 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 April
The month of April in Reed City experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 55% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is April 25, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 47% 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 Categories in April
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 April is increasing, starting the month at 25% and ending it at 29%.
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 April in Reed City, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 18% to 28%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain decreases from 5% to 1%, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 2% to 0%.
Probability of Precipitation in April
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 April in Reed City is increasing, starting the month at 2.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.5 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 2.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.4 inches or falls below 1.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
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 April in Reed City is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 0.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in April
Over the course of April in Reed City, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 23 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 51 seconds, and weekly increase of 19 minutes, 59 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 46 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 14 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in Reed City is 7:22 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 48 minutes earlier at 6:34 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 8:09 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 35 minutes later at 8:44 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Reed City during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving 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 April
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 Reed City is essentially constant during April, 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 April
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 Reed City is gradually decreasing during April, decreasing from 11.0 miles per hour to 10.0 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 11.3 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in April
Wind Direction in April
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 Reed City typically lasts for 4.2 months (131 days), from around May 19 to around September 26, rarely starting before April 30 or after June 7, and rarely ending before September 9 or after October 13.
The month of April in Reed City is very likely fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 0% to 10% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
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 Reed City is gradually increasing during April, increasing by 89°F, from 21°F to 110°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April
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 Reed City is increasing during April, rising by 1.2 kWh, from 4.5 kWh to 5.7 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
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).
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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