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Colorado Springs, CO vs Rapid City, SD

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Highlights

On average, there are 226 sunny days per year in Rapid City. Colorado Springs averages 243 sunny days per year. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Rapid City, South Dakota gets 18.2 inches of rain, on average, per year. Colorado Springs, Colorado gets 18.4 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38.1 inches of rain per year.

Rapid City averages 38 inches of snow per year. Colorado Springs averages 57.3 inches of snow per year. The US average is 27.8 inches of snow per year.


Weather Highlights

Rapid City, South Dakota
Summer High:
the July high is around 85.3 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 14.2
Rain: averages 18.2 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 38 inches of snow a year

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Summer High:
the July high is around 84.2 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 18.4 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 57.3 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX
Rapid City

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Rapid City is 7.0 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in South Dakota.

7 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Rapid City, while February and January are the least comfortable months.

Colorado Springs

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Colorado Springs is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.

7.1 / 10
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in Colorado Springs, while December and January are the least comfortable months.


Today's Weather - Colorado Springs, CO

2 AM PST

Mostly Clear

22°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
OvernightMostly Clear19° / 46°N 5 to 10 mph
Sunday NightClear18° / 51°N 0 mph
Monday NightMostly Cloudy28° / 54°S 0 mph
Tuesday NightMostly Cloudy32° / 50°WNW 0 to 5 mph
Wednesday NightChance Snow Showers25° / 42°NNW 5 mph
Thursday NightPartly Cloudy23° / 46°NW 5 mph
Friday NightPartly Cloudy25° / 49°W 0 to 5 mph

Today's Weather - Rapid City, SD

2 AM PST

Partly Cloudy

14°F

DAYDESCRIPTIONHIGH / LOWWIND
OvernightPartly Cloudy11° / 28°SW 2 mph
Sunday NightMostly Clear11° / 36°SW 3 mph
Monday NightPartly Cloudy24° / 50°S 9 mph
Tuesday NightMostly Cloudy30° / 45°W 5 mph
Wednesday NightChance Light Snow then Mostly Cloudy26° / 41°NW 9 mph
Thursday NightPartly Cloudy24° / 43°W 5 mph
Friday NightPartly Cloudy26° / 44°W 5 mph

Average Monthly High / Low (°F)
MonthColorado Springs, CORapid City, SD
January43° / 17°38° / 14°
February45° / 19°39° / 16°
March51° / 25°47° / 23°
April59° / 32°57° / 32°
May69° / 41°67° / 43°
June79° / 50°76° / 52°
July84° / 56°85° / 59°
August81° / 54°85° / 58°
September74° / 46°74° / 47°
October63° / 35°60° / 35°
November51° / 24°47° / 24°
December42° / 17°37° / 15°

Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Colorado Springs / Rapid City
MonthHot DaysFreezing DaysRainy DaysSnowy Days
January0 / 030 / 294 / 44 / 5
February0 / 026 / 264 / 54 / 5
March0 / 025 / 257 / 66 / 4
April0 / 015 / 158 / 94 / 3
May0 / 03 / 310 / 111 / 0
June2 / 20 / 010 / 120 / 0
July7 / 90 / 011 / 90 / 0
August2 / 80 / 013 / 80 / 0
September0 / 21 / 17 / 60 / 0
October0 / 011 / 105 / 72 / 1
November0 / 024 / 235 / 44 / 3
December0 / 030 / 295 / 44 / 4
July is the hottest month for Colorado Springs with an average high temperature of 84.2°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Colorado. In Colorado Springs, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Colorado Springs are June, August and September.

July is the hottest month for Rapid City with an average high temperature of 85.3°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in South Dakota. In Rapid City, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Rapid City are June, September and August.


December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Colorado Springs with an average of 16.7°. This is warmer than most places in Colorado.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Rapid City with an average of 14.2°. This is one of the warmest places in South Dakota.



In Colorado Springs, there are 12.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Colorado.

In Rapid City, there are 22.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in South Dakota.



In Colorado Springs, there are 164.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Colorado.

In Rapid City, there are 159.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in South Dakota.



In Colorado Springs, there are 5.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.

In Rapid City, there are 14.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in South Dakota.



August is the wettest month in Colorado Springs with 3.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.4 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 48% of yearly precipitation and 7% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 18.4 inches in Colorado Springs means that it is wetter than most places in Colorado.


May is the wettest month in Rapid City with 3.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.3 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 38% of yearly precipitation and 6% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 18.2 inches in Rapid City means that it is drier than most places in South Dakota.


August is the rainiest month in Colorado Springs with 12.8 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.1 rainy days. There are 87.9 rainy days annually in Colorado Springs, which is rainier than most places in Colorado. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 38% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 15% chance of a rainy day.

June is the rainiest month in Rapid City with 11.8 days of rain, and November is the driest month with only 4.0 rainy days. There are 85.4 rainy days annually in Rapid City, which is rainier than most places in South Dakota. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 34% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 15% chance of a rainy day.



An annual snowfall of 57.3 inches in Colorado Springs means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.

An annual snowfall of 38.0 inches in Rapid City means that it is about average compared to other places in South Dakota.



March is the snowiest month in Colorado Springs with 11.9 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.

March is the snowiest month in Rapid City with 8.6 inches of snow, and 8 months of the year have significant snowfall.


DID YOU KNOW?

Many people confuse Weather and Climate, but they are different. Weather refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, while Climate refers to the conditions of the atmosphere over a long period of time.

Weather, more specifically, refers to how the atmosphere behaves and its effects on life and human activities. Most people think of Weather in terms of what can be observed: temperature, humidity, precipitation, and cloudy/sunny conditions. Weather conditions constantly change on a minute-to-minute basis.

Climate is a record of the average weather conditions for a given place over a long period of time, often referred to as Climate Normals. A 30-year period of record is a common requirement to be considered a Climate Normal.


Reviews for Colorado Springs    2 Reviews
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re: - 4/2/2009
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re: - 4/2/2009
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ZIPS IN COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
80918, 80916, 80909, 80920, 80906, 80917, 80910, 80922, 80923, 80907, 21 total
ZIPS IN RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
57701, 57702

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