West Virginia Climate


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The climate in West Virginia is generally classified as a humid subtropical climate with warm summers and relatively mild winters. Average temperatures range from highs in the mid-80s during the summer months to lows in the low-20s in the winter months. The Appalachian Mountains provide ample precipitation throughout the year, ranging from moderate levels of rain and snowfall. During the winter, heavy snows are possible in the higher elevations, while sleet and freezing rain may occur at lower elevations. West Virginia is also known for its thunderstorms that can occur during any month of the year.

West Virginia, West Virginia gets 45 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

West Virginia averages 33 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 164 sunny days per year in West Virginia. The US average is 205 sunny days.

West Virginia gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 145 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 83 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 21
Rain: averages 45 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 33 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

West Virginia's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.1 (10=best) indicates it is about average compared to other states in the United States.

8.7 Summer - 5.1 Winter
September, June and August are the most pleasant months in the state of West Virginia, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateWest Virginia, West VirginiaUnited States
  44.9 in.38.1 in.
  32.8 in.27.8 in.
  144.5 days106.2 days
  164 days205 days
  83.4°85.8°
  21.4°21.7°
  7.17
  3.94.3
  1448 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 West Virginia with an average high temperature of 83.4°, which ranks it as cooler than most states. In West Virginia, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for West Virginia are September, June and August.
West Virginia has 10.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for West Virginia with an average of 21.4°. This is about average compared to other of the U.S. states.
West Virginia has 119.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
West Virginia averages 2.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
The humidity is usually comfortable in the state of West Virginia but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months are July, August and June.
July is the wettest month in West Virginia with 5.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 2.9 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. West Virginia's average annual rainfall of 44.9 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.
January is the rainiest month in West Virginia with 14.1 days of rain, and September is the driest month with only 9.3 rainy days. West Virginia's annual average of 144.5 days with measurable rain is one of the rainiest states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 32.8 inches, West Virginia is less snowy than most states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in West Virginia with 10.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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