Grand Rapids, Michigan 

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Climate in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan gets 37 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Grand Rapids averages 64 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 158 sunny days per year in Grand Rapids. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Grand Rapids gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 129 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 18
Rain: averages 37 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 64 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

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

6.7 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Grand Rapids, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Grand Rapids, MichiganUnited States
  37.3 in.38.1 in.
  64.2 in.27.8 in.
  129.1 days106.2 days
  158 days205 days
  82.2°85.8°
  17.6°21.7°
  6.77
  3.44.3
  640 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 Grand Rapids with an average high temperature of 82.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Michigan. In Grand Rapids, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Grand Rapids are June, August and July.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Grand Rapids with an average of 17.6°. This is warmer than most places in Michigan.


In Grand Rapids, there are 6.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Michigan.


In Grand Rapids, there are 133.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Michigan.


In Grand Rapids, there are 4.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Michigan.


September is the wettest month in Grand Rapids with 4.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.9 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 29% of yearly precipitation and 18% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 37.3 inches in Grand Rapids means that it is one of the wettest places in Michigan.


December is the rainiest month in Grand Rapids with 13.5 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. There are 129.1 rainy days annually in Grand Rapids, which is about average compared to other places in Michigan. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 64.2 inches in Grand Rapids means that it is snowier than most places in Michigan. January is the snowiest month in Grand Rapids with 18.6 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Grand Rapids    58 Reviews
    God Bless Grand Rapids!!! May it never change! - 10/3/2019
    I am originally from Farmington Hills, Mi and moved to CA in 1988. Since lived in OR, FL, and NM. I am now retired and moving to Grand Rapids, for the reasons some... Read More

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    Run! It's horrible. - 3/11/2019
    I have lived in the grand rapids area most of my life and I personally hate it, even more so after living else where. There is a strong Calvinist and Christian reformed... Read More

    Depends What you are Looking For - 7/24/2017
    I moved here a few years ago and thought it would be the perfect place, everyone kept saying welcome. Then you live here. The size of the city is just about perfect and... Read More


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