Best Places to Live

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Best Places to Live

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

Climate in Grand Rapids Michigan.

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

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

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

(note the 30 year average for rain/melted snow at Grand Rapids is 39.4” and for snow fall it is 77.6”)


Grand Rapids gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 129 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 82 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 18
Rain: averages 37 inches of rain a year  (39.4)
Snow: averages 64 inches of snow a year (77.6)


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

Summer 9.3  Winter 3.9

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

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


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

In Grand Rapids, there are 6.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Michigan. (The mean 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°. This is warmer than most places in Michigan. (the 30 year average low for January is 18.6)

December is the rainiest month in Grand Rapids with 13.5 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. There are 129.1 rainy days annually in Grand Rapids, which is about average compared to other 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 64.2 inches in Grand Rapids means that it is snowier than most places in Michigan (there are many locations to our north that get a lot most snow fall). 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 view as to how some people see our area.


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Rocky (Rockford)
Rocky (Rockford)

Winter Rocks!

MichaelV (Otsego)

Yesterday’s high was 89 and the low was 54 in Otsego. We are on day 9 without measurable rainfall. There is a large area of rain over Wisconsin & Illinois, the question is will it make it over the lake. Rain chances are 10% this afternoon for Kalamazoo and 50% for tonight – Grand Rapids is 30/60.

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

I was traveling down I-96 yesterday towards Lansing and a bunch of dust was blowing over the highway. It was from a tractor out tilling up a field. We could really use some rain. I believe it’s been 8 days since measurable rain in GR.

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

3.9 for the winter sounds about right. 9.3 seems too high for summer. It’s much too humid for my liking most days.

Boring weather as of late. Our daughter’s open house is today and of course it will be another 90-degree day. Oh well, at least it will be dry.

Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)
Kyle (Portland, Ionia County)

Yes very boring weather pattern as of late. One thing I noticed it seems to be sunnier over here east of GR. When I lived in Ottawa County near Marne we seemed to have many cloudier days than we do over this way toward Lansing. But Lake Michigan is a factor.


Congrats to your daughter!! And to your whole family!!!

Mark (East Lansing)
Mark (East Lansing)

Thanks SS. It will be a great day. 😁