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Year End Climate Summary - 2015

National Weather Service, Springfield, MO

Year End Summary

2015 was one of the wettest years on record (see the maps section as well as our 4 sites below), with all four of our ASOS sites experiencing top 10 yearly rainfall totals. It was also generally slightly above normal on temperatures for the year.

Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Year
96 (8/9)
100 (8/9)
94 (7/27, 7/29)
94 (9/6)
Average High Temperature
68.0
69.0
67.6
66.0
Lowest Temperature of the Year
-5 (2/19)
2 (1/8)
-5 (2/19)
-1 (1/8, 2/19)
Average Low Temperature
47.5
48.4
46.8
45.9
Average Mean Temperature
57.7
58.7
57.2
55.9
Depart from Normal
+ 1.4
+ 0.2
+ 0.4
+ 0.8
Rank
15th warmest / 128
26th warmest / 88
14th warmest / 68
26th warmest / 71
Days with highs of 90 degrees or warmer
33
46
26
26
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
14
14
17
24
Days with lows of 32 degrees or lower
77
77
87
84
Days with lows of 0 degrees or lower
1
0
1
2
 
Precipitation (Inches)
59.74
58.40
57.85
52.35
Depart from Normal
+ 14.17
+ 11.85
+ 11.63
+ 8.74
Rank
4th wettest / 128
7th wettest / 106
4th wettest / 68
8th wettest / 74
days of 0.01 or greater
118
106
119
121
days of 0.10 or greater
82
70
80
75
days of 0.50 or greater
35
32
35
31
days of 1.00 or greater
15
17
19
15
Yearly Snowfall
13.6


Year End Summary - Climatology

Month
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
January
34.6
+ 2.0
35.2
+ 0.3
34.4
+ 0.4
31.9
+ 0.8
February
29.1
-8.1
31.2
- 8.6
28.5
- 9.4
25.9
- 9.8
March
47.1
+ 0.8
49.0
+ 0.1
46.7
- 0.8
45.0
- 0.3
April
58.2
+ 2.4
59.4
+ 1.0
58.3
+ 0.9
57.7
+ 2.5
May
66.5
+ 1.7
66.1
- 0.9
65.8
+ 0.4
64.9
+ 1.1
June
76.3
+ 2.9
77.6
+ 2.1
75.1
+ 1.4
73.3
+ 0.9
July
79.8
+ 1.6
81.0
+ 0.8
79.0
+ 1.0
77.0
- 0.3
August
74.8
- 3.0
76.1
- 3.6
73.6
- 3.6
73.0
- 3.3
September
72.9
+ 3.9
73.4
+ 2.6
70.5
+ 1.6
71.7
+ 4.1
October
59.7
+ 1.9
60.5
+ 0.7
59.6
+ 2.2
58.4
+ 1.8
November
50.0
+ 3.9
50.5
+ 2.1
50.2
+ 3.4
49.1
+ 3.9
December
43.9
+ 8.9
44.3
+ 7.1
45.0
+ 8.8
43.0
+ 9.3
Annual
57.7
+ 1.4
58.7
+ 0.2
57.2
+ 0.4
55.9
+ 0.8
15th warmest out of 128 years
26th warmest out of 88 years
14th warmest out of 68 years
26th warmest out of 71 years

 

Month
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
January
0.81
- 1.66
0.70
- 1.33
2.02
- 0.70
0.93
- 1.24
February
1.79
- 0.73
0.82
- 1.50
2.66
- 0.18
1.35
- 0.58
March
3.38
- 0.24
1.83
- 1.59
4.03
- 0.26
3.02
- 0.43
April
3.19
- 1.13
3.95
- 0.52
1.33
- 3.15
2.12
- 2.10
May
6.23
1.13
10.41
4.70
7.57
2.63
6.60
1.56
June
4.78
- 0.07
7.67
1.81
5.72
1.70
7.45
2.82
July
9.21
5.53
5.09
1.28
7.86
4.31
5.40
0.96
August
6.13
2.58
8.23
4.88
4.52
1.29
2.39
- 1.28
September
4.05
- 0.56
1.12
- 3.83
0.97
- 3.12
0.82
- 3.22
October
1.51
- 2.08
0.70
- 3.33
1.25
- 2.59
1.84
- 1.67
November
7.23
3.01
8.11
4.33
10.88
6.30
10.11
6.24
December
11.43
+ 8.39
9.77
+ 6.95
9.04
+ 5.40
10.32
+ 7.68
Annual
59.74
+ 14.17
58.40
+ 11.85
57.85
+ 11.63
52.35
+ 8.74
4th wettest out of 128 years
7th wettest out of 106 years
4th wettest out of 68 years
8th wettest out of 74 years

Weather Stories

Top Weather Stories of 2015 (chronological order)
January 15th
February 15th-16th
Feb 27th - Mar 1
March 4th
March 24th
March 25th
April 2nd-3rd
May 17th
May 24th
May 29th
June 18th-19th
July 1st-2nd
July 6th - 10th
July 14th
July 25th
August 8th
August 23rd
December 26th-28th


Monthly Summaries

2015 Monthly Climate Summaries


 

Outlook

 

Jan-Feb-Mar Temperatures
Jan-Feb-Mar Precipitation
 

 


Maps

January
February
March
Temperatures
Precipitation
Temperatures
Precipitation
Temperatures
Precipitation
 
 
 
April
May
June
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
     
July
August
September
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
     
October
November
December
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
Temperature
Precipitation
 
Annual
 
Temperature
Precipitation


 

Records

List of January 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
Jan 28th
Joplin
Record high temperature of 76 degrees breaks the old record of 73 set in 2013.

 

List of February 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
Feb 7
 
 
Joplin
Record high of 72 breaks the old record of 71 set in1969.
Springfield
Record high of 74 degrees breaks the old record of 70 set back in 1937.
Vichy
Record high of 68 degrees breaks the old record of 67 set in 2009.
West Plains
Record high of 68 breaks the old record of 66 set in 1965.
Feb 8
 
 
Joplin
Record high of 73 tied the old record in 1999.
West Plains
Record high of 69 breaks the old record of 68 set in 1949.
Vichy
Record high of 65 tied the old record set in 2001.
Feb 16
Springfield
Record daily snowfall of 4.8 inches breaks the old record of 1.5 inches set in 1967.
Feb 19
Springfield
Record low of -5 degrees breaks the old record of -4 set in 1978.
Feb 27
Joplin
Record low of 8 degrees breaks the old record of 11 set in 2002.
 
Vichy
Record low of 2 degrees breaks the old record of 12 set in 1976.
 
West Plains
Record low of 5 degrees breaks the old record of 12 set in 2002.

 

List of March 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
March 6th
West Plains
Record low of 12 degrees tied the old record back in 1967.

 

List of April 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
April 7th
Joplin
Record high of 84 tied the old record set in 1977.

 

List of May 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
May 20th
Vichy
Lowest high temperature of 53 degrees breaks the old record of 58 set in 1967.
May 22nd
 
Vichy
Record low temperature of 42 tied the old record set in 2012.
Joplin
Record low temperature of 44 tied the old record set in 2001.
May 24th
Joplin
Record daily rainfall of 2.48 inches breaks the old record of 2.44 inches set in 1957.
May 27th
West Plains
Record daily rainfall of 1.36 inches breaks the old record of 1.27 inches set in 1976.
May 31st
Vichy
Lowest high temperature of 60 degrees tied the old record set in 1903.

 

List of June 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
June 5th
West Plains
Rainfall of 1.35 inches breaks the old record of 1.16 set in 1964.
June 12th
Joplin
Rainfall of 2.36 inches breaks the old record of 2.31 inches set in 1964.
June 18th
Joplin
Rainfall of 2.42 inches breaks the old record of 0.69 inches set in 1978.

 

List of July 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
July 2nd
 
Springfield
1.58 inches of rain breaks the old record of 1.50 set in 1976.
West Plains
1.30 inches of rain breaks the old record of 0.92 inches set in 1960.
July 5th
Springfield
2.65 inches of rain breaks the old record of 2.05 inches set in 1932.
July 8th
 
Joplin
3.14 inches of rain breaks the old record of 1.80 set in 2010.
Vichy
1.31 inches of rain breaks the old record of 1.24 inches set in 1996.
July 9th
West Plains
1.27 inches of rain breaks the old record of 0.92 inches set in 1979.

 

List of August 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
Aug 18th
Joplin
Record rainfall of 1.33 inches breaks previous record of 1.00 inch set back in 1965.
Aug 19th
 
 
Vichy
Record low temperature of 54 degrees breaks previous record of 55 set in 1953.
Joplin
Record lowest maximum temperature of 71 breaks the old record of 73 set in 1977.
West Plains
Record lowest maximum temperature of 75 tied the previous record set in 1963.
Aug 24th
Vichy
Record low of 49 degrees breaks the old record of 52 set in 1952.
Aug 25th
Vichy
Record low of 49 degrees breaks the old record of 51 set in 1958.
Aug 26th
Vichy
Record low of 50 degrees breaks the old record of 55 set in 2010.

 

List of September 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
 
September 12th
Vichy/Rolla
Record low of 44 degrees tied the previous record set in 1902.

 

List of October 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
No Records were set in October 2015
 
 
 

 

List of November 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
Novemer 16th
Vichy
Record daily rainfall of 1.14 inches breaks the old record of 0.94 set in 1958.
November 17th
 
 
 
Springfield
Record daily rainfall of 3.05 breaks the old record of 1.47 set in 1991.
Joplin
Record daily rainfall of 3.34 breaks the old record of 1.50 inches set in 1971.
Vichy
Record daily rainfall of 5.11 inches breaks the old record of 1.13 set in 1957.
West Plains
Record daily rainfall of 3.84 inches breaks the old record of 1.95 inches set in 2003.
November 27th
 
 
 
Springfield
Record daily rainfall of 2.13 inches breaks the old record of 1.49 set in 1917.
Joplin
Record daily rainfall of 2.16 inches breaks the old record of 1.10 set in 1913.
West Plains
Record daily rainfall of 2.02 inches breaks the old record of 1.46 set in 1990.
Vichy
Record daily rainfall of 1.84 inches breaks the old record of 1.51 set in 1964 and 1990.
Monthly
Vichy
Record monthly rainfall of 10.11 inches breaks the old monthly record of 9.06 set in 1972.

 

List of December 2015 Records
Date
Station
Record
Dec 10th
West Plains
A record high temperature of 71 degrees breaks the old record of 69 set in 1996.
Dec 12th
 
 
 
 
West Plains
 
A record high of 71 degrees breaks the old record of 70 set in 1980.
A record warmest low temperature of 59 degrees shatters the old record of 50 set in 1975.
Joplin
 
A record high of 72 degrees breaks the old record of 69 set in 1907.
A record warmest low temperature of 63 degrees shatters the old record of 45 set in 2014.
Vichy
A record warmest low temperature of 58 degrees shatters the old record of 47 set in 1990.
Dec 13th
 
Vichy
A record daily rainfall of 1.33 inches breaks the old record of 0.75 inches in 1897.
West Plains
A record daily rainfall of 1.98 inches breaks the old record of 0.96 inches set in 2000.
Dec 21st
West Plains
A record high temperature of 69 degrees breaks the old record of 68 set in 1967.
Dec 26th
 
 
Springfield
A record daily rainfall of 6.03 inches shatters the old record of 3.06 set in 1942.
Joplin
A record daily rainfall of 3.26 inches shatters the old record of 0.61 inches set in 1959.
Vichy
A record daily rainfall of 4.31 inches shatters the old record of 0.45 inches set in 2011.
Dec 27th
 
 
Springfield
A record daily rainfall of 3.27 breaks the old record of 2.60 inches set in 1968.
Joplin
A record daily rainfall of 3.17 inches breaks the old record of 2.35 inches set in 1954.
West Plains
A record daily rainfall of 3.25 inches breaks the old record of 2.44 inches set in 1968.
Dec 28th
 
 
Vichy
A record daily rainfall of 1.53 inches breaks the old record of 0.66 inches set in 1946.
Joplin
A record daily rainfall of 0.55 inches breaks the old record of 0.38 inches set in 1948.
West Plains
A record daily rainfall of 2.08 inches breaks the old record of 1.50 inches set in 1997.
Monthly
 
 
 
Springfield
Record rainfall for December of 11.43 inches breaks the old record of 11.02 inches set in 1895.
Joplin
Record rainfall for December of 9.77 inches breaks the old record of 7.67 inches set in 1999.
Vichy
Record rainfall for December of 10.32 inches breaks the old record of 9.21 inches set in 1982.
West Plains
Record warmest average tempreature for December of 45.0 degrees breaks the old record of 43.2 set in 1971.
Vichy
Record warmest average temperature for December of 43.0 degrees breaks the old record of 42.5 set in 1965.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Climate Graphs

 

Springfield Temperature Plot for 2015
Springfield Precipitation Plot for 2015
Joplin Temperature Plot for 2015
Joplin Precipitation Plot for 2015
West Plains Temperature Plot for 2015
West Plains Precipitation Plot for 2015
Vichy Temperature Plot for 2015
Vichy Precipitation Plot for 2015