Kalamazoo, Michigan 

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Climate in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan gets 36 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Kalamazoo averages 60 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 159 sunny days per year in Kalamazoo. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Kalamazoo gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 139 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 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 36 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 60 inches of snow a year


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

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June, August and July are the most pleasant months in Kalamazoo, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Kalamazoo, MichiganUnited States
  36.4 in.38.1 in.
  60.3 in.27.8 in.
  138.6 days106.2 days
  159 days205 days
  787 ft.2443 ft.


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 Kalamazoo with an average high temperature of 83.6°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Michigan. In Kalamazoo, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Kalamazoo are June, August and September.

In Kalamazoo, there are 9.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Michigan.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Kalamazoo with an average of 17.1°. This is warmer than most places in Michigan.

In Kalamazoo, there are 132.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Michigan.

In Kalamazoo, there are 5.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Michigan.

Humidity in Kalamazoo is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in August and July. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are August, July and June.

September is the wettest month in Kalamazoo with 4.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 36.4 inches in Kalamazoo means that it is wetter than most places in Michigan.

December is the rainiest month in Kalamazoo with 14.6 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. There are 138.6 rainy days annually in Kalamazoo, which is rainier than most places in Michigan. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 60.3 inches in Kalamazoo means that it is about average compared to other places in Michigan. January is the snowiest month in Kalamazoo with 18.0 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Kalamazoo    31 Reviews
    For your own good do not live in Kalamazoo - 4/11/2021
    I have lived in Kalamazoo for over 17 years. Originally from Grand Rapids, and lived in the Zeeland / Holland are for quite a while. In comparison I absolutely hate... Read More

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    Kalamazoo has its ups and downs - 7/10/2016
    I moved to Kalamazoo 20 years ago from Chicago. Coming from a large city, this is a nice change once you get use to the small things like lack of ethnic culture, any... Read More

    Best Schools - 2/29/2016
    Hi, My husband and I are considering relocating to the Kalamazoo area for his job and I'm just starting to do some research. We have elementary-aged children so good... Read More

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