Harrisonburg, Virginia 

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Climate in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Harrisonburg, Virginia gets 40 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Harrisonburg averages 24 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 169 sunny days per year in Harrisonburg. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Harrisonburg gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 125 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 85 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 21
Rain: averages 40 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 24 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Harrisonburg is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Virginia.

7.3 / 10
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Harrisonburg, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Harrisonburg, VirginiaUnited States
  40.3 in.38.1 in.
  24.0 in.27.8 in.
  124.9 days106.2 days
  169 days205 days
  1325 ft.2443 ft.


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 Harrisonburg with an average high temperature of 85.3°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Virginia. In Harrisonburg, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Harrisonburg are September, June and May.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Harrisonburg with an average of 20.6°. This is one of the coldest places in Virginia.

In Harrisonburg, there are 15.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Virginia.

In Harrisonburg, there are 124.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Virginia.

In Harrisonburg, there are 1.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Virginia.

September is the wettest month in Harrisonburg with 4.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 19% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 40.3 inches in Harrisonburg means that it is one of the driest places in Virginia.

May is the rainiest month in Harrisonburg with 13.0 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 8.4 rainy days. There are 124.9 rainy days annually in Harrisonburg, which is rainier than most places in Virginia. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 24.0 inches in Harrisonburg means that it is one of the snowiest places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in Harrisonburg with 6.4 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Harrisonburg    10 Reviews
    Close to everything - 12/31/2012
    Harrisonburg is small town, yet has the same experiences that a big city offers (just on a smaller scale). The reason for the wealth of experiences is because H'burg is... Read More

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    Woud like to know more about quality and cost of l - 10/11/2012
    Any infomation on quality/cost of living will be graetly appreciated.... Read More

    Very Reasonable - 12/27/2009
    We moved to H'Burg in 2003 to enjoy a less expensive cost of living, closer proximity to family, low crime rate and better access to quality health care/facilities. We... Read More

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