Missouri Climate


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The climate in Missouri State is mostly temperate with hot, humid summers and cold winters. The average temperature in summer months ranges from the mid 80s Fahrenheit (around 29°C) to the low 90s (around 33°C). Winter temperatures usually stay between 20-30°F (-7 to -1°C). Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year with an average of 36-40 inches (91-102 cm). Snowfall amounts vary widely across the state depending on elevation, but generally range from 3 to 8 inches (7.6 - 20 cm) annually. Missouri receives more thunderstorms than any other US state outside of Florida and averages approximately 53 days of thunderstorms per year.

Missouri, Missouri gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Missouri averages 13 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 206 sunny days per year in Missouri. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Missouri gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 97 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 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 20
Rain: averages 43 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 13 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Missouri's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.2 (10=best) indicates it is more comfortable than most states in the United States.

7.7 Summer - 5.7 Winter
September, May and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Missouri, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateMissouri, MissouriUnited States
  43.4 in.38.1 in.
  12.9 in.27.8 in.
  97.3 days106.2 days
  206 days205 days
  835 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 Missouri with an average high temperature of 88.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Missouri, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Missouri are September, May and June.
Missouri has 32.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Missouri with an average of 20.3°. This is about average compared to other of the U.S. states.
Missouri has 106.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
Missouri averages 3.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
The humidity can be uncomfortably heavy or close in the state of Missouri during the summer months. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. July, August and June are the three most humid months in the state of Missouri.
May is the wettest month in Missouri with 5.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.0 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Missouri's average annual rainfall of 43.4 inches indicates that it is about average compared to other states in the United States.
May is the rainiest month in Missouri with 11.0 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 6.3 rainy days. Missouri's annual average of 97.3 days with measurable rain is less rainy than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 12.9 inches, Missouri is one of the least snowy states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Missouri with 3.8 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Over 6 years ago

We moved here 5 years ago and absolutely love it! Thepeople here are very friendly and polite. We live near Branson and Springfield. It is extremely beautiful  More

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There was a time St.Louis was the last civilized jumping off point before one embarked upon the wild prairie. For me and my ancestors, it was the best place to grow up  More

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Over 9 years ago

Don't move to Missouri. Most of the state is very country and conservative. I hate it  More

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