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The climate of Bismarck (North Dakota - United States of America)
Bismarck is the capital of the state of North Dakota which is located in the northern part of the United States. Where population figures are concerned Bismarck is the second largest city in North Dakota, after Fargo which is nearly twice as big. Bismarck was named after the German politician Otto von Bismarck who died in 1898. Bismarck is located on the Great Plains and has a moderate continental climate with long and cold winters in which large amounts of snow may fall. During the coldest months which are December, January and February a very cold wind may blow which causes it to feel even colder than it is. In January average minimum temperatures are -19 degrees Celsius (-2 degrees Fahrenheit). During the coldest days temperatures may drop to -30 or even -40 degrees Celsius (-22 to -40 degrees Fahrenheit). The lowest temperature on record is -45 degrees Celsius (-49 degrees Fahrenheit). Summers on the other hand are much warmer. In July and August average temperatures are 28-29 degrees Celsius (82-84 degrees Fahrenheit). However, during the summer it may be 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) one day while the next day temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The highest temperature on record is 46 degrees Celsius (115 degrees Fahrenheit). Bismarck gets 2,740 hours of annual sunshine, which is fairly sunny for a city located at this degree of latitude. Precipitation figures are fairly low. On average 428 millimeters of annual precipitation can be recorded. Every winter Bismarck gets about 125 centimeters of snowfall.


Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Bismarck:

temperature (įC)


temperature (įC)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (įC)
January -7 -19 5 8 n/a
February -3 -15 6 7 n/a
March 4 -8 7 8 n/a
April 13 -1 8 9 n/a
May 20 6 10 10 n/a
June 25 11 11 11 n/a
July 29 14 11 9 n/a
August 28 12 10 8 n/a
September 22 6 8 7 n/a
October 15 0 6 5 n/a
November 4 -8 4 6 n/a
December -4 -16 4 8 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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