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Average Weather in February in South Padre Island Texas, United States

In South Padre Island, the month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 3°F, from 68°F to 72°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 79°F or dropping below 57°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 55°F to 59°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 69°F.

For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in South Padre Island typically range from 79°F to 90°F, while on January 5, the coldest day of the year, they range from 55°F to 68°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in February

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

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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.

Shenzhen, China (8,488 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to South Padre Island (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of February in South Padre Island experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 44% to 40%.

The clearest day of the month is February 24, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 61% of the time.

For reference, on August 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 60%, while on June 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 75%.

Cloud Cover Categories in February

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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 South Padre Island, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is essentially constant, remaining around 10% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 39% on September 15, and its lowest chance is 9% on February 21.

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 South Padre Island is essentially constant, remaining about 0.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.3 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.9 inches on February 13.

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 South Padre Island, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 38 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 24 seconds, and weekly increase of 9 minutes, 45 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 10 hours, 59 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 37 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 South Padre Island is 7:12 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 20 minutes earlier at 6:52 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 6:12 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 18 minutes later at 6:29 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in South Padre Island 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 6:37 AM and sets 13 hours, 47 minutes later, at 8:23 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:11 AM and sets 10 hours, 30 minutes later, at 5:42 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February

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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 South Padre Island is rapidly increasing during February, rising from 25% to 35% over the course of the month.

For reference, on July 16, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 23% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in February

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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 South Padre Island is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 13.3 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on April 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.7 miles per hour, while on September 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.5 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 hourly average wind direction in South Padre Island throughout February is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 44% on 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

South Padre Island 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 South Padre Island is essentially constant during February, remaining around 67°F throughout.

The lowest average surface water temperature during February is 67°F on February 22.

Average Water Temperature in February

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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 South Padre Island 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 South Padre Island are increasing during February, increasing by 355°F, from 361°F to 716°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 South Padre Island is increasing during February, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 4.0 kWh to 5.1 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 South Padre Island are 26.104 deg latitude, -97.165 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of South Padre Island is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 10 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (30 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (131 feet).

The area within 2 miles of South Padre Island is covered by water (84%) and bare soil (10%), within 10 miles by water (77%) and bare soil (17%), and within 50 miles by water (61%) and cropland (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in South Padre Island 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 South Padre Island.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: South Padre Island Heliport (89%, 4.3 kilometers, south); Port Isabel, Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (10%, 19 kilometers, west); and N Padre 975 (1.0%, 84 kilometers, north).

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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