Average Weather at Kansas City International Airport Missouri, United States
At Kansas City International Airport, the summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are chilly, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 89°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 98°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 22°F and high of 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
At Kansas City International Airport, 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 at Kansas City International Airport begins around June 8 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around October 30. On August 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 28% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 30 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around June 8. On February 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Kansas City International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from March 30 to September 24, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on June 8.
The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from September 24 to March 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on January 12.
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 45% on June 8.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Kansas City International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 12 months, from January 21 to January 6, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 2, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.1 weeks, from January 6 to January 21. The least rain falls around January 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Kansas City International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 21 to March 22, 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 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 22 to November 21. The least snow falls around July 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Kansas City International Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 24 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:51 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 59 minutes later at 7:50 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:55 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 54 minutes later at 8:49 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Kansas City International Airport during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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.
Kansas City International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from May 26 to September 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 67% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 11, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 at Kansas City International Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 12 to May 21, with average wind speeds of more than 5.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 21 to October 12. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Kansas City International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 8.8 months, from March 21 to December 16, with a peak percentage of 54% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 3.2 months, from December 16 to March 21, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.
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 4.0 months, from April 27 to August 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 3, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 3 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kansas City International Airport are 39.296 deg latitude, -94.718 deg longitude, and 965 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kansas City International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 167 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 979 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (348 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (531 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kansas City International Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (45%), cropland (43%), and bare soil (10%), within 10 miles by cropland (62%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by cropland (71%) and trees (15%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Kansas City International Airport, 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
Kansas City International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, Johnson County Executive Airport, New Century AirCenter, Lee's Summit Municipal Airport, Rosecrans Memorial Airport, Lawrence Municipal Airport, Philip Billard Municipal Airport, and Forbes Field Airport.
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.