The climate of Missouri (United
States of America)
The state of Missouri is centrally located in the United States. When
the state was founded in 1821 it became the 24th state of the United
States. The landscape of Missouri consists of hills and a rolling
countryside. Missouri is located in a region where a warm maritime
climate (type Cfa according to the Köppen climate classification)
changes into a slightly more erratic warm continental climate (type
Dfa). Extreme weather conditions are not uncommon in Missouri. This is
because of the absence of protecting mountains, which makes it
possible for cold air coming from the north and warm air coming from
the Gulf of Mexico to reach the city. During the winter there may be
mild days. However, when a northern current supplies cold Arctic air
temperatures may drop below zero. This mainly occurs in December,
January and February when subzero temperatures may also occur during
the day. On average Missouri gets 10-15 centimeters of snowfall per
year which falls in 7-10 days. However, during some winters hardly any
snow falls while during other years heavy snowfall can be recorded.
Summers are very warm. In June, July and August temperatures around or
even above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) are not
uncommon. Even in September temperatures may reach tropical values.
Missouri is located in Tornado Alley which is a large region in the
United States where tornadoes may form. These tornadoes can be very
destructive. On Sunday 22 May 2011 the city of Joplin got hit by a
category EF-5 multiple vortex tornado. During this tornado about a
third of the city was destroyed and 159 people lost their lives. This
made it the most deadly.
Climate information of places in Missouri
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 Missouri several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for Jefferson City and cannot be seen
as an average for this state. For climate figures for other places and
regions in Missouri 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 Jefferson. For
climate figures on specific regions and places please, visit the
relevant individual climate pages.
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