Average Weather on February 16 in Grand Rapids Michigan, United States
On February 16, the temperature in Grand Rapids typically ranges from 23°F to 31°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 43°F.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Grand Rapids typically range from 63°F to 83°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 30°F.
The coolest time of the day is from 1:00 AM to 9:15 AM, with the coldest at 7:15 AM, at which time the temperature is below 31°F three days out of four, and below 36°F nine days out of ten.
The warmest time of the day is from 12:15 PM to 5:45 PM, with the hottest at 3:15 PM, at which time the temperature is above 25°F three days out of four, and above 18°F nine days out of ten.
The day has gained half its heat by 10:30 AM and lost it again by 8:00 PM.
Average Temperature on February 16
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the range of temperatures experienced on February 16 throughout the historical record. The horizontal axis is the time of day and the colored stacked areas indicate the percentage of hours spent in various temperature bands.
Temperature Bands on February 16
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
Compared to February 16 (excluding 30 days before and after), January 1 has the most similar daily average high and low temperatures.
In Grand Rapids on February 16, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds does not show significant systematic variation over the course of the day, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 64% throughout the day.
For reference, on January 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 69%, while on August 6, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover Categories on February 16
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
On average, there is a 19% chance that more than 0.04 inches of total precipitation will fall in Grand Rapids throughout the day on February 16, of which 38% is expected to be rain alone, 42% to be snow alone, and 20% to be a mixture of snow and rain.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of precipitation is 33% on May 23, and its lowest chance is 17% on February 8.
For those 19% of years with precipitation on February 16, the chart below shows when throughout the day that precipitation is more or less likely to occur, excluding hourly accumulations of less than 0.01 inches. If precipitation were equally likely throughout the day, all hours would report 4.2% (100% divided by 24 hours).
Precipitation is most likely between 8 PM and 9 PM, and least likely between 12 PM and 1 PM.
Hourly Share of Precipitation on February 16
In Grand Rapids on Sunday, February 16, 2020, the Sun rises at 7:39 AM and sets 10 hours, 35 minutes later, at 6:14 PM. Solar noon is at 12:56 PM.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:03 AM and sets 15 hours, 22 minutes later, at 9:25 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:10 AM and sets 9 hours, 0 minutes later, at 5:11 PM.
Civil twilight, the period before the Sun has risen or after the Sun has set during which time it is possible to engage in most outdoor activities without artificial lighting, begins and ends 29 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 7:10 AM and 6:43 PM respectively.
Nautical twilight, during which time it is possible to clearly discern the horizon (e.g., for navigational purposes), begins and ends 1 hour, 2 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 6:37 AM and 7:17 PM respectively.
Astronomical twilight, outside of which it is possible to make the most sensitive of astronomical observations, begins and ends 1 hour, 35 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 6:04 AM and 7:49 PM respectively.
Solar Elevation on February 16, 2020
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.
Muggy conditions are essentially unheard-of in Grand Rapids on February 16.
Humidity Comfort Levels on February 16
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Grand Rapids on February 16 varies throughout the day, with a daily average of 12.3 miles per hour.
The windiest time of day is around 2:15 PM, with an average hourly wind speed of 14.8 miles per hour, mostly staying between 10.4 miles per hour and 19.2 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 6.4 miles per hour or exceeding 23.5 miles per hour.
The calmest time of day is around 6:15 AM, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.0 miles per hour, mostly staying between 7.1 miles per hour and 13.8 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 4.7 miles per hour or exceeding 19.3 miles per hour.
For reference, on January 12, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.6 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.8 miles per hour.
Wind Speed on February 16
Over the entire course of February 16 in Grand Rapids, the hourly average wind direction, in order of prevalence, is from the west (36%), north (25%), south (23%), and east (16%).
Wind Direction on February 16
Grand Rapids 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 does not change appreciably over the course of the day, so this section does not include a chart.
The average surface water temperature on February 16 in Grand Rapids is 36°F, mostly staying between 35°F and 37°F, and rarely falling below 34°F or exceeding 38°F.
For reference, the year's highest average is 71°F on August 13, and its lowest average is 35°F on March 5.
Shortwave Solar Power
This section discusses the incident shortwave solar power 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 peak incident shortwave solar power per square meter is 0.42 kilowatts at around 12:45 PM.
In contrast, the corresponding value on June 30, the brightest day of the year, is 0.82 kilowatts at around 12:45 PM. The corresponding value on December 22, the darkest day of the year, is 0.25 kilowatts at around 11:45 AM.
Shortwave Solar Power on February 16
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Grand Rapids are 42.963 deg latitude, -85.668 deg longitude, and 686 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Grand Rapids contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 197 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 666 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (318 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (787 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Grand Rapids is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (61%) and cropland (21%), and within 50 miles by cropland (44%) and trees (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Grand Rapids, 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 Grand Rapids.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Grand Rapids and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (67%, 15 kilometers, southeast); West Michigan Regional Airport (14%, 43 kilometers, southwest); Muskegon County Airport (11%, 52 kilometers, northwest); and Fremont Municipal Airport (9%, 59 kilometers, northwest).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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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