Nevada Climate


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Nevada has a mostly arid climate. Summers are hot and dry, with average temperatures reaching into the 90s and 100s. Winters are generally cold, with temperatures commonly falling below freezing in the higher elevations of the state. Spring and fall are mild but often unpredictable. Rainfall is scarce throughout most of Nevada, usually averaging less than 10 inches per year. Snowfall is much more common in the northern parts of the state than in the south. Flash flooding can occur after heavy rains, especially around Las Vegas and Reno.

Nevada, Nevada gets 8 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Nevada averages 22 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 252 sunny days per year in Nevada. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Nevada gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 42 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 96 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 27
Rain: averages 8 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 22 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Nevada's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.3 (10=best) indicates it is more comfortable than most states in the United States.

6.8 Summer - 6.5 Winter
October, May and April are the most pleasant months in the state of Nevada, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateNevada, NevadaUnited States
  8.1 in.38.1 in.
  21.8 in.27.8 in.
  42.1 days106.2 days
  252 days205 days
  5523 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 Nevada with an average high temperature of 96.0°, which ranks it as one of the hottest states. In Nevada, there are 2 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Nevada are May, October and September.
Nevada has 80.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest states in the U.S.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Nevada with an average of 26.6°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.
Nevada has 99.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
Nevada averages 2.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
Humidity is very low in the state of Nevada, so low that the dry air may be uncomfortable for some people. There are few days during the year when the humidity is even noticable. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.
December is the wettest month in Nevada with 1.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.4 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 37% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. Nevada's average annual rainfall of 8.1 inches indicates that it is one of the driest states in the United States.
February is the rainiest month in Nevada with 5.4 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 2.2 rainy days. Nevada's annual average of 42.1 days with measurable rain is one of the least rainy states in the United States. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 35% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 17% chance of a rainy day.
Nevada's average annual snowfall of 21.8 inches indicates that it is less snowy than most states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Nevada with 4.8 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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