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Here is some information about Grand Rapids according to The Best Places to Live. Well at least their climate section. Note that all information is their information and for the most part has not been verified unless noted by me.

Climate in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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

Grand Rapids receives an average of 64 inches of snow annually. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

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

(note that the 30 year average for rain/sleet in Grand Rapids is 39.4″ and for snowfall it is 77.6″)

Grand Rapids receives some sort of precipitation, on average, 129 days a year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet or hail that falls on the ground. For precipitation to be counted, you must measure at least 0.01 inches on the ground.


Summer top: July’s high is around 82 degrees
Winter bass: January low is 18
Rain: average 37 inches of rain per year (39.4)
Snow: average 64 inches of snow per year (77.6)


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

Summer 9.3 Winter 3.9

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

(I agree that summer in Grand Rapids is very nice and winter is not so nice)

July is the hottest month for Grand Rapids with an average high temperature of 82.2°, which ranks it as hotter than most places in Michigan. In Grand Rapids there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees. The nicest months of the year for Grand Rapids are June, August and July.

In Grand Rapids, there are 6.8 days a year when the maximum temperature is above 90°, which is warmer than most places in Michigan. (The average number is 13 and the current 30-year average is 10)

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Grand Rapids with an average of 17.6°. It’s warmer than most places in Michigan. (30-year average low for January is 18.6)

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

An annual snowfall of 64.2 inches in Grand Rapids means there is more snowfall than most places in Michigan (there are many places to the north that get the most snowfall). January is the snowiest month in Grand Rapids with 18.6 inches of snow and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall. (Well, for the season the average is 77.6″ and for January it is 22.6″)

Anyway, this is just a small taste of how some people view our area.



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