Michigan Climate


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Michigan State has a moderate climate with all four seasons. Winters can be cold and snowy, with temperatures that often drop into the twenties and thirties and accumulations of snow that reach up to six feet in some parts of the state. Summers tend to be mild with temperatures in the sixties and seventies. Spring brings warm days but can also bring thunderstorms which can sometimes cause flooding. Autumn brings pleasant days with cool nights, gradually transitioning to winter by the end of November. As Michigan is located just north of Lake Michigan, there are noticeably more cloudy days than in other parts of the country during spring and summer months.

Michigan, Michigan gets 34 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 170 sunny days per year in Michigan. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Michigan 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 14
Rain: averages 34 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 64 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Michigan's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.5 (10=best) indicates it is less comfortable than most states in the United States.

9.2 Summer - 3.8 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Michigan, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateMichigan, MichiganUnited States
  33.8 in.38.1 in.
  63.7 in.27.8 in.
  130.5 days106.2 days
  170 days205 days
  882 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 Michigan with an average high temperature of 81.2°, which ranks it as cooler than most states. In Michigan, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Michigan are June, August and July.
Michigan has 5.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Michigan with an average of 14.1°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.
Michigan has 149.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
Michigan averages 9.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
Humidity in the state of Michigan 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.
September is the wettest month in Michigan with 3.6 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. Michigan's average annual rainfall of 33.8 inches indicates that it is drier than most states in the United States.
December is the rainiest month in Michigan with 13.0 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.6 rainy days. Michigan's annual average of 130.5 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 63.7 inches, Michigan is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Michigan with 18.4 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Ready to throw in the towel with this state. I would recommend looking elsewhere to move, if that’s what brings you to this forum. Frankly that’s what I am in the  More

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Over 3 years ago

I used to live in Michigan when I was baby until I was about 2 I got moved to NC until in 2012 or 2013 in Kansas until in 2016 I moved back in NC until 2018 I moved in  More

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Over 4 years ago

Michigan is so overrated; Michiganders are in love with this state, and I don’t get it. You can sit and have a two hour conversation about how crappy things are here and  More

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