The climate of Iowa (United
States of America)
The state of Iowa is centrally located in the United States of
America. Iowa is a landlocked state located east from the mountainous
western part of the country. This causes the landscape in Iowa to be
hilly. The northeastern part even has a mountain-like pattern.
However, no really high altitudes can be found here. This part of the
state is part of the Paleozoic Plateau, the Mississippi River flows
through this region. Iowa has a warm continental climate. Extremes in
temperatures and weather conditions are not uncommon in this state. On
average 37 tornadoes hit the state every year.
Tornadoes mainly occur
during spring and summer and may cause tremendous amounts of damage.
Summers are warm with daytime temperatures between 28-32 degrees
Celsius (82-90 degrees Fahrenheit). July is the warmest month, during
this month temperatures may rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius (104
degrees Fahrenheit). As warm as it may get during the summer as cold
as it may get during the winter. Because of its central location warm
sea water has no influence here. When cold air is supplied from the
north it may get extremely cold during here. Very low temperatures are
not uncommon then, even during the day it remains freezing cold.
During the winter snowfall is not uncommon. Iowa gets 20-35 days of
snowfall per year with about 1 meter of snow. In extreme cases dozens
of centimeters of snow may fall within 24 hours. When this occurs a
few times in one winter complete villages may get completely isolated.
Climate information of places in Iowa
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific
information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per
region or city. The following climate information is available for
Throughout Iowa several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for Des Moines and cannot be seen as
an average for this state. For climate figures for other places and
regions in Iowa please, visit the individual climate pages.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The figures below apply to Iowa. For climate
figures on specific regions and places please, visit the relevant
individual climate pages
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.