Summary

Year End Climate Summary - 2011

The weather of 2011 will certainly be remembered as a year of extremes across the Missouri Ozarks and extreme southeast Kansas.  Here are some examples from the year...
Bitterly cold temperatures during the winter with blizzard like conditions from a snowstorm in early February.  A very wet Spring with some substantial flooding across extreme southern Missouri.  A devastating EF5 tornado which ripped through Joplin followed by Summer heat and drought.

Looking back at temperature extreme records for both Springfield and Joplin, both ranges from the highest temperature of the year to the lowest temperature of the year rank in the top 5.

Springfield
Joplin
Rank
Year
Temperature Difference Between Max and Min
Rank
Year
Temperature Difference Between Max and Min
 
 
Max
Min
Diff
 
 
Max
Min
Diff
1
1899
99
-29
128
1
2011
110
-11
121
2
1918
104
-19
123
2
1983
103
-11
114
3
1984
106
-13
119
3
1963
104
-9
113
4
1930
101
-17
118
3
1984
102
-11
113
4
2011
108
-10
118
3
1985
101
-12
113

 

 
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Year
108
110
108
101
Average High Temperature
67.8
69.9
67.7
65.9
Lowest Temperature of the Year
-10
-11
-2
-9
Average Low Temperature
46.3
48.1
46.6
45.9
Average Mean Temperature
57.0
59.0
57.1
55.9
Depart from Normal
+0.7
+0.5
+0.3
+0.8
Rank
27th warmest / 124
14th warmest / 73
8th warmest / 61
14th warmest / 48
Days with lows of 32 deg F or Lower
98
92
88
103
Days with lows of 0 deg F or Lower
5
6
1
4
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
20
16
15
20
Days with highs of 90 degrees or warmer
69
79
50
42
 
 
 
 
 
Precipitation (Inches)
40.61
38.90
58.92
45.97
Depart from Normal
-4.96
-7.65
+12.70
+2.36
Rank
58th driest / 122
26th driest / 88
4th wettest / 61
16th wettest / 54
days of 0.01 or greater
119
96
118
119
days of 0.10 or greater
74
55
84
75
days of 0.50 or greater
27
24
43
41
days of 1.00 or greater
10
15
20
10
Yearly Snowfall
19.3
21.5
 
 

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