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Average Weather in Appleton City Missouri, United States

In Appleton 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 90°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 98°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Appleton City for warm-weather activities are from mid May to mid July and from late July to late September.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 2 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 90°F and low of 71°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 26°F and high of 43°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 Appleton CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingvery coldcoldcomfortablewarmhotcoldcoolcoolvery coldwarmfreezingfreezing
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Karaj, Iran (6,863 miles away); Xi’an, China (7,227 miles); and Daegu, South Korea (6,648 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Appleton City (view comparison).

Clouds

In Appleton 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 Appleton City begins around June 10 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 31. 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 31 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 10. On February 11, 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 Appleton CityclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 2772%Aug 2772%Feb 1148%Feb 1148%Jun 1060%Jun 1060%Oct 3160%Oct 3160%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from March 31 to September 14, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on May 21.

The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 14 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% 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 May 21.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Appleton CitywetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%May 2145%May 2145%Jan 1213%Jan 1213%Jan 114%Jan 114%Mar 3129%Mar 3129%Sep 1429%Sep 1429%rainsnowmixed
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. Appleton City experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Appleton City. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 19, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.

The least rain falls around January 20, with an average total accumulation of 1.0 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. Appleton City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from November 22 to March 11, 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 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from March 11 to November 22. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Appleton CitysnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJan 180.3 inJan 180.3 inJul 190.0 inJul 190.0 inNov 220.1 inNov 220.1 inMar 110.1 inMar 110.1 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 Appleton City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 30 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 50 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Appleton CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 50 minJun 2014 hr, 50 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 30 minDec 219 hr, 30 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:52 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 7:45 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:55 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 48 minutes later at 8:43 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Appleton City 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Appleton CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 135:52 AMJun 135:52 AM8:43 PMJun 278:43 PMJun 27Dec 64:55 PMDec 64:55 PM7:45 AMNov 47:45 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

Appleton City experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 17 to September 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 20% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 79% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 17, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Appleton CitymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 170%Dec 170%79%Jul 2279%Jul 22May 1720%May 1720%Sep 2420%Sep 2420%humidhumiddrydrymuggymuggyoppressiveoppressivemiserablemiserablecomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 Appleton City experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 14 to May 19, with average wind speeds of more than 9.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 19 to October 14. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Appleton CitywindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mphApr 111.1 mphApr 111.1 mphAug 46.8 mphAug 46.8 mphOct 149.0 mphOct 149.0 mphMay 199.0 mphMay 199.0 mph
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 Appleton City varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.6 months, from January 9 to February 26, with a peak percentage of 34% on February 19. The wind is most often from the south for 10 months, from February 26 to January 9, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Appleton CityNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorthsouth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 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 Appleton 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 times of year to visit Appleton City for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to mid July and from late July to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Appleton Citybest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.36.30.40.46.06.05.65.6 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 Appleton City for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Appleton Citybest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.16.10.00.0 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 Appleton City typically lasts for 6.8 months (209 days), from around April 3 to around October 29, rarely starting before March 17 or after April 20, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 17.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Appleton Citygrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 350%Apr 350%Oct 2950%Oct 2990%Apr 2090%Apr 2090%Oct 1290%Oct 1210%Mar 1710%Mar 1710%Nov 1710%Nov 170%Jan 280%Jan 28Jul 16100%Jul 16100%freezingcomfortablewarmhotcoldcoolvery coldfrigid
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 Appleton City should appear around March 11, only rarely appearing before February 26 or after March 30.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Appleton CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°F4,500°FMar 1186°FMar 1186°FMay 29900°FMay 29900°FJul 41,800°FJul 41,800°FDec 314,439°FDec 314,439°F
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 3.9 months, from May 1 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 4, with an average of 7.0 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 4 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 17, with an average of 2.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Appleton CitybrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 47.0 kWhJul 47.0 kWhDec 172.2 kWhDec 172.2 kWhMay 16.0 kWhMay 16.0 kWhAug 286.0 kWhAug 286.0 kWhNov 43.1 kWhNov 43.1 kWhFeb 93.1 kWhFeb 93.1 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 Appleton City are 38.191 deg latitude, -94.029 deg longitude, and 843 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Appleton City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 135 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 844 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (315 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (607 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Appleton City is covered by cropland (72%) and trees (23%), within 10 miles by cropland (86%) and trees (12%), and within 50 miles by cropland (70%) and trees (25%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Appleton 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Appleton City.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Appleton 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 Appleton City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Appleton City and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Clinton Memorial Airport (63%, 35 kilometers, northeast); Johnson County Executive Airport (14%, 96 kilometers, northwest); Atkinson Municipal Airport (13%, 103 kilometers, southwest); and Springfield-Branson National Airport (10%, 120 kilometers, southeast).

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.