Rockford, Michigan 

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Climate in Rockford, Michigan

Rockford, MI has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers in Rockford are warm and sunny with occasional thunderstorms and temperatures reaching into the 80s. Winters are cold with temperatures dipping below freezing and often receiving snowfall. Spring and autumn have mild temperatures and occasional rain showers. Overall, Rockford experiences a moderate climate that is comfortable for outdoor activities year-round.

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

Rockford averages 66 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 160 sunny days per year in Rockford. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Rockford gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 140 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 83 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 15
Rain: averages 37 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 66 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Rockford is 6.5 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Michigan.

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Summer   /   Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Rockford, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Rockford, MichiganUnited States
  37.1 in.38.1 in.
  66.2 in.27.8 in.
  139.9 days106.2 days
  160 days205 days
  702 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 Rockford with an average high temperature of 82.6°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Michigan. In Rockford, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Rockford are June, August and July.

In Rockford, there are 8.2 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Michigan.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Rockford with an average of 15.4°. This is about average compared to other places in Michigan.

In Rockford, there are 144.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Michigan.

In Rockford, there are 7.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Michigan.

Humidity in Rockford is generally quite low and comfortable. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.

May is the wettest month in Rockford with 4.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.7 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 29% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 37.1 inches in Rockford means that it is wetter than most places in Michigan.

December is the rainiest month in Rockford with 14.8 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. There are 139.9 rainy days annually in Rockford, which is rainier than most 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 66.2 inches in Rockford means that it is snowier than most places in Michigan. January is the snowiest month in Rockford with 18.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Rockford    3 Reviews
    Outstanding Quality of Life! - 12/23/2012
    Rockford is the ideal community for just outside of the Grand Rapids city. Outstanding schools, kind people, and a sweet downtown. There are beautiful neighborhoods... Read More

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    The bubble - 1/30/2012
    I've lived here for 15 years and love it. I have raised three children in the schools here and they are among the best in the state. All the schools are blue ribbon... Read More

    It's Great - 5/20/2007
    I love living in Rockford, it's small, quiet and close to every thing you need (Grand Rapids). I am planning to move to Melbourne, Florida within the next couple months,... Read More

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