Appleton Metro Area, WI Climate


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The climate in Appleton, WI Metro Area is generally mild and temperate. In the summer months, temperatures average around 72 degrees Fahrenheit with occasional warm days reaching into the mid-80s. The winter months are generally cold and snowy, with temperatures reaching down below freezing and occasional snowfall. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year, resulting in lush greenery in spring and summer months as well as spectacular seasonal changes to the landscape during fall and winter. Overall, the climate of Appleton is quite pleasant and makes it a great place to live year-round.

Appleton Metro Area, Wisconsin gets 31 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Appleton Metro Area averages 42 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 192 sunny days per year in Appleton Metro Area. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Appleton Metro Area gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 116 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 9
Rain: averages 31 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 42 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Appleton metro area is 6.6 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Wisconsin.

9.3 Summer - 3.9 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the Appleton metro area, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateAppleton, WisconsinUnited States
  31.3 in.38.1 in.
  42.3 in.27.8 in.
  115.6 days106.2 days
  192 days205 days
  81.0°85.8°
  8.8°21.7°
  6.67
  3.24.3
  815 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 Appleton metro area with an average high temperature of 81.0°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Wisconsin. In the Appleton 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 Appleton metro area are August, June and July.
In the Appleton metro area, there are 4.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Wisconsin.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for the Appleton metro area with an average of 8.8°. This is warmer than most places in Wisconsin.
In the Appleton metro area, there are 156.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Wisconsin.
In the Appleton metro area, there are 19.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Wisconsin.
Humidity in the Appleton metro area is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in July and August. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.
June is the wettest month in the Appleton metro area with 4.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 36% of yearly precipitation and 12% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 31.3 inches in the Appleton metro area means that it is drier than most places in Wisconsin.
May is the rainiest month in the Appleton metro area with 11.2 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 7.1 rainy days. There are 115.6 rainy days annually in the Appleton metro area, which is rainier than most places in Wisconsin. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 42.3 inches in the Appleton metro area means that it is about average compared to other places in Wisconsin. January is the snowiest month in the Appleton metro area with 11.0 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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