Average Weather in Pierce City Missouri, United States
In Pierce City, the summers are hot, muggy, and wet; the winters are very cold and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 89°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 97°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Pierce City for warm-weather activities is from late May to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 3 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 89°F and low of 68°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 26°F and high of 44°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
In Pierce City, 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 Pierce City begins around June 10 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 3. On August 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 3 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 10. 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.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Pierce City varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from March 26 to September 13, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on May 21.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 13 to March 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% 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 44% on May 21.
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. Pierce City experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Pierce City. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 15, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.
The least rain falls around January 22, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 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. Pierce City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 14 to March 27, 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 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 27 to November 14. The least snow falls around July 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Pierce City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:55 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 46 minutes later at 7:42 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:59 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:39 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Pierce City 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
Pierce City experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 18 to September 25, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 76% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 23, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Pierce City experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 16 to May 19, with average wind speeds of more than 8.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 19 to October 16. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Pierce City varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 3.0 days, from January 26 to January 29, with a peak percentage of 31% on January 28. The wind is most often from the south for 12 months, from January 29 to January 26, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Pierce City 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 time of year to visit Pierce City for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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 Pierce City for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
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.
The growing season in Pierce City typically lasts for 6.6 months (202 days), from around April 8 to around October 27, rarely starting before March 21 or after April 26, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 16.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Pierce City should appear around March 8, only rarely appearing before February 20 or after March 25.
Growing Degree Days
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 28 to August 28, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 9, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 6 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pierce City are 36.946 deg latitude, -94.000 deg longitude, and 1,293 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pierce City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 226 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,268 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (440 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,106 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pierce City is covered by cropland (93%), within 10 miles by cropland (92%), and within 50 miles by cropland (61%) and trees (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Pierce City, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Pierce City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Pierce City 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 Pierce City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Pierce City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Monett Municipal Airport (94%, 5.3 kilometers, south); Joplin Regional Airport (3.2%, 50 kilometers, northwest); and Springfield-Branson National Airport (2.3%, 63 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .