Election Day Weather History for Springfield

  • Normal High & Low Temperature Nov 5:  58 & 38 degrees
  • Warmest Election Day:  79 degrees on Nov 3, 1964
  • Coldest Election Morning:  21 degrees on Nov 5, 1991
  • Coldest Election Daytime High Temperature:  31 degrees on Nov 6, 1951
  • Warmest Election Nighttime Low Temperature:  60 degrees on Nov 8, 1966
  • Wettest Election Day: 0.95 inches on Nov 3, 2003 (daily average precipitation 0.10 inches)
  • Snowiest Election Day:  7.8 inches of snow on Nov 6, 1951 (daily average snow Trace) 
  • Whitest Election Day:  7 inches of snow on the ground on Nov 6, 1951
  • Frequency of Precipitation Election Day:  34 of 134 years (25%) measured precipitation
  • Frequency of Snow on Ground:  1 out of 134 years (0.8%) 1 inch or more snow depth
  • Frequency of Cold & Mild Election Days:  33 of 134 years (25%) low 32F or colder
     30 of 134 years (22%) high 65F or warmer
  • Sunrise 6:32 AM  Sunset 4:52 PM CST 

Specific weather data follows.  These were measured in downtown Springfield from 1879 to 1947, and at Capital Airport from 1948 to the present.

Election Day
in the United States is the day set by law for the general elections of public officials. It occurs on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The earliest possible date is November 2 and the latest possible date is November 8.  By federal law since 1792, the U.S. Congress permitted states to conduct their presidential elections any time in a 34 day period before the first Wednesday of December, which was the day set for the meeting of the electors of the U.S. president and vice-president (the Electoral College), in their respective states. An election date in November was seen as useful because the harvest would have been completed and the winter like storms would not yet have begun in earnest.  A uniform date for choosing presidential electors was instituted by the Congress in 1845. The bill initially set the national day for choosing presidential electors on the first Tuesday in November in years divisible by four (1848, 1852, etc.). But in some years the period between the first Tuesday in November and the first Wednesday in December (when the electors met in their state capitals to vote) would be more than 34 days, in violation of the existing Electoral College law. So, the bill was amended to move the national date for choosing presidential electors forward to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Farmers often needed a full day to travel by horse drawn vehicles to the county seat to vote. So Tuesday was established as election day because it did not interfere with the Biblical Sabbath on Sunday or with market day, which was on Wednesday in many towns.

 
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Year High Temp Low Temp Precip Snow Snow Depth Elected US President
1879 - Nov 4 43  24 0.00 0.0 0  
1880 - Nov 2 64 39 0.00 0.0 0 James A. Garfield  (R)
1881 - Nov 8 58 43 0.30 0.0 0  
1882 - Nov 7 61 42 0.00 0.0 0  
1883 - Nov 6 54 37 0.00 0.0 0  
1884 - Nov 4 50 40 0.02 0.0 0 Grover Cleveland (D)
1885 - Nov 3 57 33 0.00 0.0 0  
1886 - Nov 2 73 52 Trace 0.0 0  
1887 - Nov 8 58 37 0.00 0.0 0  
1888 - Nov 6 50 41 0.19 0.0 0 Benjamin Harrison(R)
1889 - Nov 5 37 26 0.00 0.0 0  
1890 - Nov 4 48 33 0.00 0.0 0  
1891 - Nov 3 42 32 0.00 0.0 0  
1892 - Nov 8 36 21 0.00 0.0 0 Grover Cleveland (D)
1893 - Nov 7 60 34 0.00 0.0 0  
1894 - Nov 6 41 26 0.00 0.0 0  
1895 - Nov 5 69 47 0.00 0.0 0  
1896 - Nov 3 66 44 0.00 0.0 0 William McKinley (R)
1897 - Nov 2 54 38 Trace 0.0 0  
1898 - Nov 8 50 42 0.28 0.0 0  
1899 - Nov 7 60 38 0.00 0.0 0  
1900 - Nov 6 62 40 0.00 0.0 0 Theodore Roosevelt (R)
1901 - Nov 5 40 26 0.00 0.0  0  
1902 - Nov 4 66 53 0.08 0.0 0  
1903 - Nov 3 63 46 0.01 0.0 0  
1904 - Nov 8 47 36 0.00 0.0 0 Theodore Roosevelt (R)
1905 - Nov 7 49 36 0.00 0.0 0  
1906 - Nov 6 71 47 0.00 0.0 0  
1907 - Nov 5 61 40 Trace 0.0 0  
1908 - Nov 3 66 39 0.00 0.0 0 William Howard Taft (R)
1909 - Nov 2 63 46 0.00 0.0 0  
1910 - Nov 8 54 31 0.00 0.0 0  
1911 - Nov 7 51 38 0.00 0.0 0  
1912 - Nov 5 56 45 1.02 0.0 0 Woodrow Wilson (D)
1913 - Nov 4 53 36 0.00 0.0 0  
1914 - Nov 3 72 57 0.07 0.0 0  
1915 - Nov 2 59 45 0.00 0.0 0  
1916 - Nov 7 74 57 0.00 0.0 0 Woodrow Wilson (D)
1917 - Nov 6 70 43 0.00 0.0 0  
1918 - Nov 5 61 41 0.00 0.0 0  
1919 - Nov 4 49 32 0.00 0.0 0  
1920 - Nov 2 42 34 Trace Trace 0 Warren G. Harding (R)
1921 - Nov 8 60 38 0.46 0.0 0  
1922 - Nov 7 57 36 0.00 0.0 0  
1923 - Nov 6 51 33 0.00 0.0 0  
1924 - Nov 4 65 46 0.00 0.0 0 Calvin Coolidge (R)
1925 - Nov 3 58 34 0.00 0.0 0  
1926 - Nov 2 42 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1927 - Nov 8 39 33 0.01 0.0 0  
1928 - Nov 6 60 41 0.00 0.0 0 Herbert Hoover (R)
1929 - Nov 5 52 32 0.00 0.0 0  
1930 - Nov 4 57 33 Trace 0.0 0  
1931 - Nov 3 68 47 0.00 0.0 0  
1932 - Nov 8 58 36 0.29 0.0 0 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
1933 - Nov 7 38 27 Trace Trace 0  
1934 -Nov 6 65 39 0.00 0.0 0  
1935 - Nov 5 46 31 0.00 0.0 0  
1936 - Nov 3 52 30 Trace Trace 0 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
1937 - Nov 2 55 36 0.00 0.0 0  
1938 - Nov 8 42 28 0.00 0.0 0  
1939 - Nov 7 63 47 Trace 0.0 0  
1940 - Nov 5 60 42 Trace 0.0 0 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
1941 - Nov 4 60 45 0.00 0.0 0  
1942 - Nov 3 48 31 0.00 0.0 0  
1943 - Nov 2 54 38 0.00 0.0 0  
1944 - Nov 7 64 44 Trace 0.0 0 Franklin D. Roosevelt (D)
1945 - Nov 6 67 53 Trace 0.0 0  
1946 - Nov 5 57 39 0.00 0.0 0  
1947 - Nov 4 61 51 Trace 0.0 0  
1948 - Nov 2 59 54 0.90 0.0 0 Harry S. Truman (D)
1949 - Nov 8 70 44 0.00 0.0 0  
1950 - Nov 7 54 38 0.47 0.0 0  
1951 - Nov 6 31 25 0.78 7.8 7  
1952 - Nov 4 63 31 0.00 0.0 0 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
1953 - Nov 3 62 49 0.00 0.0 0  
1954 - Nov 2 34 24 0.01 0.1 Trace  
1955 - Nov 8 37 28 0.00 0.0 0  
1956 - Nov 6 59 41 0.39 0.0 0 Dwight D. Eisenhower (R)
1957 - Nov 5 46 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1958 - Nov 4 71 41 0.00 0.0 0  
1959 - Nov 3 67 40 0.03 0.0 0  
1960 - Nov 8 46 37 0.34 Trace 0 John F. Kennedy (D)
1961 - Nov 7 51 26 0.00 0.0 0  
1962 - Nov 6 54 29 0.02 0.0 0  
1963 - Nov 5 58 50 0.02 0.0 0  
1964 - Nov 3 79 55 0.00 0.0 0 Lyndon B. Johnson (D)
1965 - Nov 2 72 42 0.00 0.0 0  
1966 - Nov 8 68 60 0.04 0.0 0  
1967 - Nov 7 43 22 0.00 0.0 0  
1968 - Nov 5 57 41 Trace 0.0 0 Richard Nixon (R)
1969 - Nov 4 44 35 0.02 0.0 0  
1970 - Nov 3 46 36 0.01 0.0 0  
1971 - Nov 2 62 46 Trace 0.0 0  
1972 - Nov 7 55 41 0.02 0.0 0 Richard Nixon (R)
1973 - Nov 6 40 23 0.00 0.0 0  
1974 - Nov 5 47 37 Trace 0.0 0  
1975 - Nov 4 67 53 Trace 0.0 0  
1976 - Nov 2 62 36 0.00 0.0 0 Jimmy Carter (D)
1977 - Nov 8 67 58 Trace 0.0 0  
1978 - Nov 7 52 33 0.00 0.0 0  
1979 - Nov 6 57 38 Trace 0.0 0  
1980 - Nov 4 61 42 0.00 0.0 0 Ronald Reagan (R)
1981 - Nov 3 73 57 Trace 0.0 0  
1982 - Nov 2 65 46 0.87 0.0 0  
1983 - Nov 8 63 46 0.00 0.0 0  
1984 - Nov 6 55 26 0.00 0.0 0 Ronald Reagan (R)
1985 - Nov 5 48 30 0.00 0.0 0  
1986 - Nov 4 48 40 Trace 0.0 0  
1987 - Nov 3 78 59 0.00 0.0 0  
1988 - Nov 8 59 29 0.00 0.0 0  George H. W. Bush (R)
1989 - Nov 7 53 44 0.43 0.0 0  
1990 - Nov 6 50 31 0.00 0.0 0  
1991 - Nov 5 43 21 0.00 0.0 0  
1992 - Nov 3 43 35 0.73 Trace 0  Bill Clinton (D)
1993 - Nov 2 50 37 0.03 Trace 0  
1994 - Nov 8 66 50 Trace 0.0 0  
1995 - Nov 7 51 31 Trace Trace 0  
1996 - Nov 5 65 47 0.00 0.0 0  Bill Clinton (D)
1997 - Nov 4 39 33 Trace Trace 0  
1998 - Nov 3 45 33 0.81 Trace 0  
1999 - Nov 2 48 25 0.00 0.0 0  
2000 - Nov 7 60 36 Trace 0.0 0 George W. Bush 
(R) 
2001 - Nov 6 67 36 Trace 0.0 0  
2002 - Nov 5 43 38 0.25 0.0 0  
2003 - Nov 4 74 43 0.95 0.0 0  
2004 - Nov 2 54 38 Trace 0.0 0  George W. Bush 
(R)
2005 - Nov 8 75 56 Trace 0.0 0  
2006 - Nov 7 58 39 0.00 0.0 0  
2007 - Nov 6 47 25 0.00 0.0 0  
2008 - Nov 4 72 51 0.00 0.0 0  Barack Obama (D)
2009 - Nov 3 54 34 0.01 0.0 0  
2010 - Nov 2  53 31   0.00  0.0  
2011 - Nov 8  63 54  0.27 0.0  
2012 - Nov 6 45   35 0.13   0.0 Barack Obama (D) 
2013 - Nov 5            

Springfield Election Day High Temperature Statistics
Springfield Election Day Low Temperature Statistics
Springfield Election Day Precipitation Statistics
Springfield Election Day Snowfall Statistics


Springfield Election Day Snow Depth Statistics


High Temperatures on Election Day...

Highs 30-39F... 8 days (6%)
Highs 40-49F... 29 days (22%)
Highs 50-59F... 43 days (32%)
Highs 60-69F... 40 days (30%)
Highs 70-79F... 14 days (10%)
Low Temperatures on Election Day...
Lows 20-29F... 19 days (14%)
Lows 30-39F... 58 days (43%)
Lows 40-49F... 39 days (29%)
Lows 50-59F... 17 days (13%)
Lows 60-69F... 1 day (0.7%)
Precipitation on Election Day...
Dry............... 73 days (54%)
Trace............. 27 days (20%)
0.01-0.10 inches.. 16 days (12%)
0.11-0.25 inches... 3 days (2.2%)
0.26-0.50 inches... 9 days (6.7%)
0.51-0.75 inches... 1 day (0.7%)
0.76-1.00 inches... 5 days (3.7%)
1.01-1.25 inches... 0 days (0%)
1.26-1.50 inches... 0 days (0%)
1.51+ inches....... 0 days (0%)
Snowfall on Election Day...
No Snow...........123 days (92%)
Trace.............. 9 days (6.7%)
0.1-0.4 inches..... 1 day (0.7%)
0.5-0.9 inches..... 0 days (0%)
1-1.9 inches....... 0 days (0%)
2-2.9 inches....... 0 days (0%)
3-3.9 inches....... 0 days (0%)
4-4.9 inches....... 0 days (0%)
5-5.9 inches....... 0 days (0%)
6-6.9 inches....... 1 day (0.7%)
Snow Depth on Election Day...
No Snow...........132 days (99%)
Trace.............. 1 day (0.7%)
1 inch............. 0 days (0%)
2 inches........... 0 days (0%)
3 inches........... 0 days (0%)
4 inches........... 0 days (0%)
5 inches........... 0 days (0%)
6 inches........... 0 days (0%)
7 inches........... 1 day (0.7%)

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