East Lansing, MI Climate


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East Lansing, MI has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers tend to be warm and humid while winters are cold and snowy. Spring brings mild temperatures and plenty of rain while autumn is usually cool with some light snow during the later months. The area also experiences a small amount of lake effect snow due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. Average temperatures range from the low 70s in summer to the mid-teens in winter, with an average annual precipitation of approximately 32 inches.

East Lansing, Michigan gets 33 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

East Lansing averages 46 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 174 sunny days per year in East Lansing. The US average is 205 sunny days.

East Lansing gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 132 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 82 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 33 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 46 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for East Lansing is 6.7 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Michigan.

9.3 Summer - 4.1 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in East Lansing, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateEast Lansing, MichiganUnited States
  33.1 in.38.1 in.
  46.0 in.27.8 in.
  131.5 days106.2 days
  174 days205 days
  82.3°85.8°
  16.5°21.7°
  6.77
  3.24.3
  856 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for East Lansing with an average high temperature of 82.3°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Michigan. In East Lansing, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for East Lansing are June, August and July.
In East Lansing, there are 7.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Michigan.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for East Lansing with an average of 16.5°. This is warmer than most places in Michigan.
In East Lansing, there are 132.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Michigan.
In East Lansing, there are 6.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Michigan.
Humidity in East Lansing is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in July and August. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.
September is the wettest month in East Lansing with 3.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 33.1 inches in East Lansing means that it is about average compared to other places in Michigan.
December is the rainiest month in East Lansing with 13.3 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. There are 131.5 rainy days annually in East Lansing, which is about average compared to other places in Michigan. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 46.0 inches in East Lansing means that it is about average compared to other places in Michigan. January is the snowiest month in East Lansing with 13.2 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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