Wyoming Climate


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Wyoming's climate is generally semi-arid, and ranges from humid continental in the northeast to semi-arid in the southwest. Summers in Wyoming tend to be warm, with temperatures reaching into the 80s and 90s during the day. Winters are cold, averaging around 15 degrees Fahrenheit in most areas of the state. Snowfall is typically light in the lower elevations compared to other states, but can reach up to several feet at higher elevations. The summer months tend to be dry, while winter brings a mix of snow and rain. All throughout the year Wyoming experiences high winds which can reach up to 60 miles per hour on some days.

Wyoming, Wyoming gets 13 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Wyoming averages 56 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 222 sunny days per year in Wyoming. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Wyoming gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 76 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 10
Rain: averages 13 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 56 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Wyoming's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.6 (10=best) indicates it is less comfortable than most states in the United States.

8.8 Summer - 4.6 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Wyoming, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateWyoming, WyomingUnited States
  13.3 in.38.1 in.
  56.3 in.27.8 in.
  76.0 days106.2 days
  222 days205 days
  6065 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 Wyoming with an average high temperature of 84.6°, which ranks it as about average compared to other states. In Wyoming, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Wyoming are June, August and September.
Wyoming has 17.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Wyoming with an average of 9.5°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.
Wyoming has 195.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest states in the U.S.
Wyoming averages 22.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
Humidity is low in the state of Wyoming, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.
May is the wettest month in Wyoming with 2.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 33% of yearly precipitation and 14% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Wyoming's average annual rainfall of 13.3 inches indicates that it is one of the driest states in the United States.
May is the rainiest month in Wyoming with 9.1 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 5.0 rainy days. Wyoming's annual average of 76.0 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 56.3 inches, Wyoming is one of the snowiest states in the United States. December is the snowiest month in Wyoming with 9.7 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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I love in Riverton Wy. Nice place. But this in not the place to live if you have children that need any pediatric specialists.my Daughter is doing Chemo treatments and  More

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If I was rich and retired or had the capability to work remotely I would consider Wyoming a choice place to live. As long as I had the capability to come and go as I  More

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Over 7 years ago

I've lived in Wyoming my entire life, (I'm 19) and I find it to be the type of place for a very specific kind of person, which I'm not. If you like camping, skiing,  More

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