Climate in Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa gets 36 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 39 inches of rain per year.

Ames averages 29 inches of snow per year. The US average is 26 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 202 sunny days per year in Ames. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Summer High: the July high is around 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 11

Sperling's Comfort Index for Ames is a 33 out of 100
A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.


Ames gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 64 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.


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  CLIMATEAmes, IowaUnited States
  Rainfall (in.)36.439.2
  Snowfall (in.)28.525.8
  Precipitation Days64.4102.0
  Sunny Days202205
  Avg. July High84.186.1
  Avg. Jan. Low10.822.6
  Comfort Index (higher=better)3354
  UV Index3.84.3
  Elevation ft.9361443
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