Rensselaer County, New York 

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Climate in Rensselaer County, New York

Rensselaer County, New York gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Rensselaer County averages 59 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 180 sunny days per year in Rensselaer County. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Rensselaer County gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 131 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 13
Rain: averages 43 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 59 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Rensselaer County is 6.6 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in New York.

6.6 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Rensselaer County, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Rensselaer, New YorkUnited States
  42.9 in.38.1 in.
  58.5 in.27.8 in.
  131.3 days106.2 days
  180 days205 days
  81.3°85.8°
  12.9°21.7°
  6.67
  3.34.3
  812 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 Rensselaer County with an average high temperature of 81.3°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in New York. In Rensselaer County, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Rensselaer County are June, August and July.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Rensselaer County with an average of 12.9°. This is colder than most places in New York.


In Rensselaer County, there are 5.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in New York.


In Rensselaer County, there are 144.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in New York.


In Rensselaer County, there are 10.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in New York.


July is the wettest month in Rensselaer County with 4.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.4 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 19% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 42.9 inches in Rensselaer County means that it is drier than most places in New York.


May is the rainiest month in Rensselaer County with 12.8 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. There are 131.3 rainy days annually in Rensselaer County, which is about average compared to other places in New York. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 58.5 inches in Rensselaer County means that it is snowier than most places in New York. January is the snowiest month in Rensselaer County with 16.4 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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