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Climate in Polk County, Minnesota

Polk County, Minnesota gets 24 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Polk County averages 42 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 197 sunny days per year in Polk County. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Polk County gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 92 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 80 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is -3
Rain: averages 24 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 42 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Polk County is 6.2 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Minnesota.

6.2 / 10
July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Polk County, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Polk, MinnesotaUnited States
  23.7 in.38.1 in.
  41.9 in.27.8 in.
  91.9 days106.2 days
  197 days205 days
  80.3°85.8°
  -3.4°21.7°
  6.27
  3.14.3
  1012 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 Polk County with an average high temperature of 80.3°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Minnesota. In Polk County, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Polk County are August, July and June.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Polk County with an average of -3.4°. This is colder than most places in Minnesota.


In Polk County, there are 6.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Minnesota.


In Polk County, there are 184.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Minnesota.


In Polk County, there are 50.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Minnesota.


June is the wettest month in Polk County with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 46% of yearly precipitation and 8% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 23.7 inches in Polk County means that it is one of the driest places in Minnesota.


June is the rainiest month in Polk County with 11.2 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 5.2 rainy days. There are 91.9 rainy days annually in Polk County, which is less rainy than most places in Minnesota. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 32% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 19% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 41.9 inches in Polk County means that it is less snowy than most places in Minnesota. January is the snowiest month in Polk County with 9.5 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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