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Average Weather in February in Cathedral City California, United States

In Cathedral City, the month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 4°F, from 72°F to 76°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 87°F or dropping below 63°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 49°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 60°F.

For reference, on July 13, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cathedral City typically range from 79°F to 107°F, while on December 26, the coldest day of the year, they range from 46°F to 68°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in February

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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

Average Hourly Temperature in February in Cathedral City181522112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282812 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanMarcoldcoolwarmcomfortable
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.

Clouds

The month of February in Cathedral City experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 38% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 40% on February 20.

The clearest day of the month is February 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 64% of the time.

For reference, on February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 40%, while on September 18, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 90%.

Cloud Cover Categories in February

Cloud Cover Categories in February in Cathedral City18152211223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728280%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%JanMarSep 1890%Sep 1890%Feb 164%Feb 164%Feb 2862%Feb 2862%Feb 1162%Feb 1162%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
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.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Cathedral City, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 12% and ending it at 14%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 15% on February 21, and its lowest chance is 1% on June 19.

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).

Rainfall

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 Cathedral City is essentially constant, remaining about 1.5 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 3.8 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 1.6 inches on February 18.

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.

Sun

Over the course of February in Cathedral City, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 52 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 55 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 24 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 35 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 27 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 Cathedral City is 6:42 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 27 minutes earlier at 6:15 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 5:17 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 25 minutes later at 5:41 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Cathedral City 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 5:35 AM and sets 14 hours, 24 minutes later, at 7:59 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:46 AM and sets 9 hours, 54 minutes later, at 4:41 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February in Cathedral City181522112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282812 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanMar6:15 AM6:15 AMFeb 285:41 PMFeb 285:41 PM6:42 AM6:42 AMFeb 15:17 PMFeb 15:17 PM6:33 AM6:33 AMFeb 115:26 PMFeb 115:26 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.

Humidity

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 Cathedral City is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on August 15, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 15% of the time, while on November 14, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

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.

Wind

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 Cathedral City is gradually increasing during February, increasing from 6.3 miles per hour to 6.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on May 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.0 miles per hour, while on August 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.8 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 Cathedral City during February is predominantly out of the north from February 1 to February 9 and the west from February 9 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

Cathedral City 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 Cathedral City is essentially constant during February, remaining around 59°F throughout.

The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 59°F on February 7.

Average Water Temperature in February

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Growing Season

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).

Temperatures in Cathedral City are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February

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The percentage of time spent in various temperature 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 black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Cathedral City is increasing during February, increasing by 313°F, from 286°F to 598°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in February

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of February, 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 Cathedral City is increasing during February, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 3.9 kWh to 5.0 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.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cathedral City are 33.780 deg latitude, -116.465 deg longitude, and 361 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cathedral City contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,447 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 500 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,317 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (11,719 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cathedral City is covered by shrubs (56%), artificial surfaces (33%), and cropland (12%), within 10 miles by shrubs (75%) and artificial surfaces (11%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (75%).

Data Sources

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

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cathedral 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 Cathedral City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cathedral City and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Palm Springs International Airport (92%, 5.9 kilometers, northwest); Thermal Airport (6%, 33 kilometers, southeast); and Ramona Airport (1.4%, 93 kilometers, southwest).

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.

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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.

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