Average Weather in South Gull Lake Michigan, United States
In South Gull Lake, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 83°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit South Gull Lake for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 24 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 83°F and low of 64°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 1 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 18°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
In South Gull Lake, 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 in South Gull Lake begins around May 18 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around November 4. 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 November 4 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around May 18. On January 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 68% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in South Gull Lake varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.6 months, from March 27 to November 15, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on June 13.
The drier season lasts 4.4 months, from November 15 to March 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on February 8.
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 in South Gull Lake changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 6 to January 6. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 35% on June 13.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.0 months, from January 6 to February 6. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 10% 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. South Gull Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in South Gull Lake. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 31, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 inches.
The least rain falls around January 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 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. South Gull Lake experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 11 to April 5, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 5 to November 11. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in South Gull Lake varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 4 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:04 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:19 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 14 minutes later at 9:22 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in South Gull Lake during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
South Gull Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 31 to September 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 28, with muggy conditions 36% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in South Gull Lake experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 4 to May 16, with average wind speeds of more than 10.3 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 4.6 months, from May 16 to October 4. 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 in South Gull Lake varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.6 months, from August 23 to October 11 and for 2.1 weeks, from November 2 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 36% on November 14. The wind is most often from the west for 3.1 weeks, from October 11 to November 2 and for 9.2 months, from November 17 to August 23, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 30.
South Gull Lake 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 water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.7 months, from July 5 to September 26, with an average temperature above 64°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 11, with an average temperature of 72°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.9 months, from December 16 to May 14, with an average temperature below 43°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 5, with an average temperature of 35°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in South Gull Lake 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 South Gull Lake 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 South Gull Lake 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 in South Gull Lake typically lasts for 5.7 months (173 days), from around April 25 to around October 15, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 12, and rarely ending before September 26 or after November 3.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in South Gull Lake should appear around April 17, only rarely appearing before April 3 or after April 30.
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 5 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 7.1 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 14, 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 South Gull Lake are 42.388 deg latitude, -85.397 deg longitude, and 899 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of South Gull Lake contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 118 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 898 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (331 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (653 feet).
The area within 2 miles of South Gull Lake is covered by trees (46%), water (25%), and cropland (18%), within 10 miles by trees (48%) and cropland (34%), and within 50 miles by cropland (63%) and trees (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in South Gull Lake, 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 South Gull Lake.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and South Gull Lake 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 Gull Lake is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between South Gull Lake and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: W K Kellogg Airport (55%, 15 kilometers, southeast); Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport (32%, 21 kilometers, southwest); Gerald R. Ford International Airport (8%, 56 kilometers, north); and West Michigan Regional Airport (5%, 70 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .