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Average Weather in Sikeston Missouri, United States

In Sikeston, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 89°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 95°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Sikeston for warm-weather activities are from mid May to late June and from late July to early October.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 22 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 89°F and low of 71°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 28 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 29°F and high of 44°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in SikestonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotfreezingwarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Karaj, Iran (6,821 miles away) and Xi’an, China (7,388 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Sikeston (view comparison).

Clouds

In Sikeston, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Sikeston begins around June 15 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around November 3. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 70% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 30% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 3 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 15. On December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in SikestonclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 2370%Aug 2370%Dec 2748%Dec 2748%Jun 1559%Jun 1559%Nov 359%Nov 359%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Sikeston varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from March 18 to August 7, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on May 22.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from August 7 to March 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 27.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 39% on May 22.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in SikestonwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%May 2239%May 2239%Jan 2721%Jan 2721%Jan 126%Jan 126%Mar 1830%Mar 1830%Aug 730%Aug 730%rainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sikeston experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Sikeston. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 30, with an average total accumulation of 4.8 inches.

The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sikeston experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 29 to March 13, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from March 13 to November 29. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in SikestonsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJan 300.3 inJan 300.3 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inNov 290.1 inNov 290.1 inMar 130.1 inMar 130.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Sikeston varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 46 minutes later at 7:24 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:41 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:21 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Sikeston during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in SikestonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 135:38 AMJun 135:38 AM8:21 PMJun 288:21 PMJun 28Dec 64:41 PMDec 64:41 PM7:24 AMNov 37:24 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Sikeston experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 14 to September 26, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 83% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in SikestonmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 280%Jan 280%83%Jul 2383%Jul 23May 1421%May 1421%Sep 2621%Sep 2621%oppressiveoppressivedrydrymiserablemiserablemuggymuggycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Sikeston experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 16 to May 25, with average wind speeds of more than 8.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 25 to October 16. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sikeston varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 9.5 months, from March 13 to December 29, with a peak percentage of 45% on May 18. The wind is most often from the north for 2.5 months, from December 29 to March 13, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in SikestonNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southnorthwesteast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Sikeston throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Sikeston for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to late June and from late July to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Sikestonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.36.30.40.45.95.95.55.5 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sikeston for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Sikestonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.06.00.00.06.06.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Sikeston typically lasts for 7.1 months (218 days), from around March 30 to around November 2, rarely starting before March 9 or after April 18, and rarely ending before October 14 or after November 22.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Sikestongrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 3050%Mar 3050%Nov 250%Nov 290%Apr 1890%Apr 1890%Oct 1490%Oct 1410%Mar 910%Mar 910%Nov 2210%Nov 220%Jan 250%Jan 25Jul 15100%Jul 15100%freezingvery coldcoldcomfortablewarmhotcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Sikeston should appear around March 7, only rarely appearing before February 19 or after March 25.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from April 20 to August 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 4, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in SikestonbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 46.8 kWhJul 46.8 kWhDec 232.2 kWhDec 232.2 kWhApr 205.9 kWhApr 205.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhAug 315.9 kWhFeb 73.1 kWhFeb 73.1 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sikeston are 36.877 deg latitude, -89.588 deg longitude, and 308 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Sikeston is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 39 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 318 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (75 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (866 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Sikeston is covered by cropland (53%) and artificial surfaces (47%), within 10 miles by cropland (97%), and within 50 miles by cropland (71%) and trees (22%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Sikeston, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sikeston.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sikeston according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Sikeston is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sikeston and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport (33%, 39 kilometers, north); Cairo Airport (33%, 39 kilometers, northeast); Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport (15%, 67 kilometers, west); Everett-Stewart Regional Airport (12%, 77 kilometers, southeast); and Arkansas International Airport (7%, 106 kilometers, south).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.