Average Weather in Big Rapids Michigan, United States
In Big Rapids, the summers are warm and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 13°F to 81°F and is rarely below -5°F or above 89°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 24 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 81°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 29 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 40°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 13°F and high of 29°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 Big Rapids, 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 Big Rapids begins around May 15 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around November 4. On August 7, 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 6.4 months, ending around May 15. On January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Big Rapids varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from April 1 to November 30, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from November 30 to April 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on February 4.
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 Big Rapids changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.5 months, from February 28 to December 13. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 33% on June 7.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.5 months, from December 13 to February 28. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 12% on January 14.
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. Big Rapids experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Big Rapids. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.1 inches.
The least rain falls around February 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 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. Big Rapids experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 31 to April 17, 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 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.7 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 17 to October 31. The least snow falls around July 29, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Big Rapids varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 55 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 27 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, 22 minutes later at 8:22 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:04 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 23 minutes later at 9:27 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Big Rapids 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
Big Rapids experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 4 to September 19, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 6% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 30, with muggy conditions 25% 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 Big Rapids experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 9 to May 18, with average wind speeds of more than 5.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 18 to October 9. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Big Rapids varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.5 months, from March 6 to April 21, with a peak percentage of 31% on March 8. The wind is most often from the east for 1.1 weeks, from April 21 to April 29, with a peak percentage of 27% on April 26. The wind is most often from the west for 4.3 months, from April 29 to September 8 and for 5.8 months, from September 12 to March 6, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 20.
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 19, 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 3.5 months, from October 30 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 23, with an average of 1.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Big Rapids are 43.698 deg latitude, -85.484 deg longitude, and 968 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Big Rapids contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 197 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 951 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (545 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,152 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Big Rapids is covered by artificial surfaces (54%), cropland (29%), and trees (13%), within 10 miles by trees (55%) and cropland (36%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and cropland (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Big 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Big Rapids.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Big 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 Big Rapids is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Big Rapids and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Roben-Hood Airport (98%, 2.5 kilometers, northwest); Fremont Municipal Airport (1.3%, 51 kilometers, southwest); and Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport (1.0%, 61 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .