Average Weather at Lansing, Capital City Airport Michigan, United States
At Lansing, Capital City Airport, the summers are warm; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 82°F and is rarely below -1°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Lansing, Capital City Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 26 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 82°F and low of 62°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 1 to March 9, with an average daily high temperature below 40°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 16°F and high of 30°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
At Lansing, Capital City Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Lansing, Capital City Airport begins around May 24 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around October 31. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 31 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around May 24. On January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 33% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Lansing, Capital City Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.5 months, from March 29 to October 13, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on July 28.
The drier season lasts 5.5 months, from October 13 to March 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on February 3.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation at Lansing, Capital City Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 16 to January 4. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 35% on July 28.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.4 months, from January 4 to February 16. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 9% on January 10.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Lansing, Capital City Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Lansing, Capital City Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 31, with an average total accumulation of 3.1 inches.
The least rain falls around January 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Lansing, Capital City Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from November 12 to April 9, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 7, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 9 to November 12. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Lansing, Capital City Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 2 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:59 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 16 minutes later at 8:15 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:04 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 17 minutes later at 9:20 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Lansing, Capital City Airport during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Lansing, Capital City Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 19, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 8% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 29, with muggy conditions 33% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed at Lansing, Capital City Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from October 5 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 10.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 20 to October 5. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Lansing, Capital City Airport is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Lansing, Capital City Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Lansing, Capital City Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Lansing, Capital City Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season at Lansing, Capital City Airport typically lasts for 5.2 months (160 days), from around May 2 to around October 9, rarely starting before April 15 or after May 21, and rarely ending before September 21 or after October 28.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Lansing, Capital City Airport should appear around April 20, only rarely appearing before April 7 or after May 4.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 4 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 1.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lansing, Capital City Airport are 42.779 deg latitude, -84.587 deg longitude, and 846 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lansing, Capital City Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 72 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 841 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (174 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (620 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lansing, Capital City Airport is covered by cropland (62%) and artificial surfaces (34%), within 10 miles by cropland (56%) and artificial surfaces (35%), and within 50 miles by cropland (69%) and trees (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Lansing, Capital City Airport, 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
Lansing, Capital City Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Mason Jewett Field, Fitch H Beach Airport, Owosso Community Airport, Jackson County Airport, Gratiot Community Airport, Livingston County Spencer J. Hardy Airport, Brooks Field, and W K Kellogg Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .