Ames, Iowa 

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Climate in Ames, Iowa

Ames, Iowa gets 36 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Ames averages 30 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

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

Ames gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 109 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 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 11
Rain: averages 36 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 30 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Ames is 6.9 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Iowa.

6.9 / 10
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Ames, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Ames, IowaUnited States
  35.7 in.38.1 in.
  29.6 in.27.8 in.
  108.7 days106.2 days
  202 days205 days
  84.1°85.8°
  10.7°21.7°
  6.97
  3.84.3
  948 ft.2443 ft.
CLIMATE

YOU SHOULD KNOW

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 Ames with an average high temperature of 84.1°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Iowa. In Ames, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Ames are September, June and August.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Ames with an average of 10.7°. This is warmer than most places in Iowa.


In Ames, there are 11.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Iowa.


In Ames, there are 145.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Iowa.


In Ames, there are 16.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Iowa.


June is the wettest month in Ames with 5.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 41% of yearly precipitation and 8% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 35.7 inches in Ames means that it is about average compared to other places in Iowa.


May is the rainiest month in Ames with 12.6 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 6.4 rainy days. There are 108.7 rainy days annually in Ames, which is one of the rainiest places in Iowa. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 18% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 29.6 inches in Ames means that it is about average compared to other places in Iowa. December is the snowiest month in Ames with 7.5 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Ames    12 Reviews
    From California to Iowa - 9/30/2012
    Hello, I am in San Jose Ca, but am seriously thinking of moving somewhere much slower for a better quality of living. I've just turned 59, so I'm kinda preparing for... Read More

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    Good and Bad - 2/5/2012
    Like every other city Ames has both good and bad points. The good points are: low cost of living, very friendly people, lots of outdoor activities and quite a few events... Read More

    Cost of Living in Ames, Iowa - 12/18/2010
    Ames enjoys a high quality of life at a very affordable cost, substantially lower than many other communities. The presence of Iowa State University, a large (28,000... Read More


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