Average Weather in February in Butte Montana, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 6°F, from 32°F to 38°F, rarely falling below 17°F or exceeding 50°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 11°F to 17°F, rarely falling below -10°F or exceeding 30°F.
For reference, on July 27, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Butte typically range from 47°F to 81°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 9°F to 29°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February
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
The month of February in Butte experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 58% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56% on February 13.
The clearest day of the month is February 13, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 44% of the time.
For reference, on March 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 62%, while on July 23, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 77%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Butte, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is gradually increasing, starting the month at 6% and ending it at 9%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 36% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 5% on January 22.
Over the course of February in Butte, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 4% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in February
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during February in Butte is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.3 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.1 inches on February 1.
Average Monthly Rainfall in February
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 February in Butte is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.4 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in February
Over the course of February in Butte, 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, 21 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 1 second, and weekly increase of 21 minutes, 5 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 9 hours, 43 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month in Butte is 7:52 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 42 minutes earlier at 7:10 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 5:35 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 40 minutes later at 6:15 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed in Butte during 2018, 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 5:39 AM and sets 15 hours, 45 minutes later, at 9:24 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:09 AM and sets 8 hours, 38 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Butte is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in February
The average hourly wind speed in Butte is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 6.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 17, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.0 miles per hour, while on August 5, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February
Wind Direction in February
The growing season in Butte typically lasts for 2.7 months (81 days), from around June 16 to around September 6, rarely starting before May 25 or after July 7, and rarely ending before August 20 or after September 22.
The month of February in Butte is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February
The average accumulated growing degree days in Butte are essentially constant during February, remaining around 0°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Butte is increasing during February, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 2.4 kWh to 3.5 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Butte are 46.004 deg latitude, -112.535 deg longitude, and 5,653 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Butte contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,614 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,589 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,862 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,303 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Butte is covered by sparse vegetation (44%) and shrubs (42%), within 10 miles by trees (34%) and sparse vegetation (31%), and within 50 miles by trees (33%) and shrubs (22%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Butte 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 Butte.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Butte 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 Butte is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Butte and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Bert Mooney Airport (98%, 5.0 kilometers, southeast); Helena Regional Airport (1.6%, 80 kilometers, northeast); and Missoula International Airport (0.7%, 157 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .