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Average Weather on February 28 in West Cape May New Jersey, United States

On February 28, the temperature in West Cape May typically ranges from 36°F to 44°F and is rarely below 24°F or above 58°F.

For reference, on July 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in West Cape May typically range from 70°F to 84°F, while on January 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 29°F to 42°F.

The coolest time of the day is from 11:30 PM to 8:00 AM, with the coldest at 6:15 AM, at which time the temperature is below 42°F three days out of four, and below 48°F nine days out of ten.

The warmest time of the day is from 11:30 AM to 5:15 PM, with the hottest at 3:00 PM, at which time the temperature is above 38°F three days out of four, and above 32°F nine days out of ten.

The day has gained half its heat by 9:30 AM and lost it again by 7:30 PM.

Average Temperature on February 28

Average Temperature on February 28 in West Cape Maynightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM25°F30°F35°F40°F45°F50°F55°F60°F3:00 PM44°F3:00 PM44°F36°F6:15 AM36°F6:15 AM37°F11:30 PM37°F11:30 PM38°F8:00 AM38°F8:00 AM11:30 AM43°F11:30 AM43°F5:15 PM43°F5:15 PM43°FNowNow
The hourly average temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the hourly average perceived temperature. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the range of temperatures experienced on February 28 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 28

Temperature Bands on February 28 in West Cape Maynightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcool
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Gedzhukh, Russia (5,799 miles away) and Tsukawaki, Japan (7,182 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to West Cape May (view comparison).

Compared to February 28 (excluding 30 days before and after), December 18 has the most similar daily average high and low temperatures.

Clouds

In West Cape May on February 28, 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 50% throughout the day.

For reference, on January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 51%, while on October 11, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 64%.

Cloud Cover Categories on February 28

Cloud Cover Categories on February 28 in West Cape Maynightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%7:30 AM49%7:30 AM49%5:30 PM51%5:30 PM51%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Precipitation

On average, there is a 28% chance that more than 0.04 inches of total precipitation will fall in West Cape May throughout the day on February 28, of which 79% is expected to be rain alone, 7% to be snow alone, and 15% to be a mixture of snow and rain.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of precipitation is 35% on August 5, and its lowest chance is 20% on October 19.

For those 28% of years with precipitation on February 28, 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 4 AM and 5 AM, and least likely between 9 AM and 10 AM.

Hourly Share of Precipitation on February 28

Hourly Share of Precipitation on February 28 in West Cape May nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0.0%0.5%1.0%1.5%2.0%2.5%3.0%3.5%4.0%4.5%5.0%5.5%4.2%4.2%4 AM5.1%4 AM5.1%9 AM3.5%9 AM3.5%NowNowsnowrainmixed
The share of the day's precipitation attributable to each hour of the day, excluding trace quantities, and color-coded as rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell during the same hour). Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Sun

In West Cape May on Friday, February 28, 2020, the Sun rises at 6:34 AM and sets 11 hours, 17 minutes later, at 5:50 PM. Solar noon is at 12:12 PM.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:34 AM and sets 14 hours, 54 minutes later, at 8:28 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:15 AM and sets 9 hours, 26 minutes later, at 4:41 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 27 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 6:07 AM and 6:17 PM respectively.

Nautical twilight, during which time it is possible to clearly discern the horizon (e.g., for navigational purposes), begins and ends 58 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 5:36 AM and 6:48 PM respectively.

Astronomical twilight, outside of which it is possible to make the most sensitive of astronomical observations, begins and ends 1 hour, 29 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 5:05 AM and 7:19 PM respectively.

Solar Elevation on February 28, 2020

Solar Elevation on February 28, 2020 in West Cape Maynightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM-80 deg-60 deg-40 deg-20 deg0 deg20 deg40 deg60 deg80 degsolar noon12:12 PMsolar noon12:12 PM6:34 AMrise6:34 AMrise5:50 PMset5:50 PMsetsummer solsticesummer solsticewinter solsticewinter solstice
Elevation of the center of the Sun above (positive) or below (negative) the horizon (black line). Yellow and gray fills indicate day and night, respectively. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the winter and summer solstices. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

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.

Muggy conditions are essentially unheard-of in West Cape May on February 28.

Humidity Comfort Levels on February 28

Humidity Comfort Levels on February 28 in West Cape May nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%12:30 PM0%12:30 PM0%NowNowdry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

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 West Cape May on February 28 varies throughout the day, with a daily average of 14.7 miles per hour.

The windiest time of day is around 8:15 AM, with an average hourly wind speed of 15.1 miles per hour, mostly staying between 10.3 miles per hour and 19.4 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 6.5 miles per hour or exceeding 24.4 miles per hour.

The calmest time of day is around 5:30 PM, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.8 miles per hour, mostly staying between 8.5 miles per hour and 18.0 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 5.5 miles per hour or exceeding 23.8 miles per hour.

For reference, on January 13, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 15.2 miles per hour, while on July 25, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.2 miles per hour.

Wind Speed on February 28

Wind Speed on February 28 in West Cape May nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0 mph5 mph10 mph15 mph20 mph25 mph8:15 AM15.1 mph8:15 AM15.1 mph13.8 mph5:30 PM13.8 mph5:30 PMNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Over the entire course of February 28 in West Cape May, the hourly average wind direction, in order of prevalence, is from the west (32%), north (30%), south (24%), and east (13%).

Wind Direction on February 28

Wind Direction on February 28 in West Cape May nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest). Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Water Temperature

West Cape May 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 28 in West Cape May is 39°F, mostly staying between 38°F and 41°F, and rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 42°F.

For reference, the year's highest average is 75°F on August 12, and its lowest average is 39°F on February 12.

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 0.54 kilowatts at around 12:15 PM.

In contrast, the corresponding value on June 22, the brightest day of the year, is 0.82 kilowatts at around 11:45 AM. The corresponding value on December 22, the darkest day of the year, is 0.36 kilowatts at around 11:00 AM.

Shortwave Solar Power on February 28

Shortwave Solar Power on February 28 in West Cape May nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0.0 kW0.5 kW1.0 kW1.5 kW2.0 kW12:15 PM0.54 kW12:15 PM0.54 kWNowNow
Average incident shortwave solar power reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the days with the minimum and maximum average total solar energy reaching the ground. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of West Cape May are 38.939 deg latitude, -74.942 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Cape May is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 20 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (23 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (157 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Cape May is covered by artificial surfaces (38%), water (34%), and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by water (81%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and cropland (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Cape May, 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 West Cape May.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cape May County Airport (87%, 8 kilometers, north); Sussex County Airport (7%, 46 kilometers, southwest); and Dover Air Force Base (6%, 50 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

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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