Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area, Iowa 

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Climate in Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area, Iowa

Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area, Iowa gets 36 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area averages 31 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 199 sunny days per year in Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Des Moines-West Des Moines Metro Area gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 103 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 12
Rain: averages 36 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 31 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area is 7.0 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Iowa.

8.7 / 4.7

Summer   /   Winter
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Des Moines-West Des Moines, IowaUnited States
  35.8 in.38.1 in.
  30.8 in.27.8 in.
  103.4 days106.2 days
  199 days205 days
  85.2°85.8°
  11.8°21.7°
  77
  3.94.3
  1014 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 the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area with an average high temperature of 85.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Iowa. In the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area are September, June and August.


In the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, there are 16.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Iowa.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area with an average of 11.8°. This is warmer than most places in Iowa.


In the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, there are 140.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Iowa.


In the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, there are 14.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Iowa.


The humidity is usually comfortable in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area but some summer months can be unpleasant. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area are July, August and June.


June is the wettest month in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area with 5.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.9 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 39% of yearly precipitation and 9% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 35.8 inches in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area means that it is about average compared to other places in Iowa.


May is the rainiest month in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area with 12.1 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 6.3 rainy days. There are 103.4 rainy days annually in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area, which is rainier than most places in Iowa. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 19% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 30.8 inches in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area means that it is about average compared to other places in Iowa. December is the snowiest month in the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area with 7.5 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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