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Significant Winter Weather in the Southern and Eastern U.S.

A wintry mix is expected this afternoon into tonight from the mid-Mississippi Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England along a cold front. One or more waves of low pressure tracking east along this front will likely bring areas of heavy snow and significant ice from south Texas into the Carolinas Thursday night into Saturday morning. Read More >

2021 was a year with mostly near normal to above normal temperatures while most of the western 2/3 of the area had above normal precipitation, the eastern 1/3 of the area had below normal precipitation.

The month of December stands out with the warmest Decembers on record for Joplin, West Plains and Vichy, while Springfield finished with the 2nd warmest.

Annual Climate Overview

Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Highest Temperature of the Year
96
98
97
96
Average High Temperature
67.8
69.4
69.1
66.8
Lowest Temperature of the Year
-15
-15
-8
-6
Average Low Temperature
47.5
49
47.9
46.5
Average Mean Temperature
57.6
59.2
58.5
56.6
Depart from Normal
+0.2
+1.1
+1.5
+1.1
Rank
20th warmest / 134
17th warmest / 94
6th warmest / 74
18th warmest / 77
Days With highs Of 90 degrees Or warmer
43
54
46
27
Days with highs of 32 degrees or lower
16
15
12
20
Days with lows of 32 deg F or lower
84
69
82
86
Days with lows of 0 deg F or lower
4
3
2
3
Precipitation (Inches)
46.96
44.74
46.11
35.68
Depart from Normal
+2.25
-0.84
-1.14
-7.39
Rank
38th wettest / 134
45th wettest / 112
34th wettest / 74
30th driest / 80
days of 0.01 or greater
117
101
112
112
days of 0.10 or greater
80
63
84
64
days of 0.50 or greater
36
27
36
26
days of 1.00 or greater
14
14
10
9
Annual Snowfall
15.5

Climatology Summary

Month
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
Mean Temperature
Departure
January
35.4
+1.1
37.1
+2.2
37.1
+2.6
34.3
+2.7
February
26.7
-12.0
28.2
-11.2
29.2
-9.7
25.7
-10.4
March
50.9
+3.3
52.3
+3.7
51.4
+3.8
49.8
+4.2
April
54.7
-2.3
56.7
-1.2
55.5
-1.9
53.6
-2.2
May
62.5
-3.5
63.7
-2.8
63.1
-2.5
62.0
-2.7
June
75.1
+0.2
76.6
+1.0
75.4
+1.5
74.3
+1.2
July
77.6
-1.6
78.8
-1.1
77.7
-0.2
76.4
-1.0
August
79.3
+1.1
80.5
+1.5
79.3
+2.4
77.8
+1.5
September
73.2
+2.9
75.3
+4.6
73.1
+4.0
71.4
+3.1
October
60.7
+2.1
62.0
+2.7
62.5
+4.6
60.6
+3.5
November
47.2
+0.5
49.2
+1.4
47.5
+0.9
46.7
+1.6
December
48.6
+11.2
50.0
+11.9
50.1
+12.6
47.2
+11.8
Annual
57.6
+0.2
59.2
+1.1
58.5
+1.5
56.6
+1.1


Month
Springfield
Joplin
West Plains
Vichy
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
Precipitation
Departure
January
4.19
+1.65
4.01
+2.09
4.98
+2.35
4.12
+1.90
February
1.11
-1.29
0.35
-1.63
1.99
-1.12
0.47
-1.59
March
8.35
+4.84
5.41
+2.12
5.71
+1.30
3.44
+0.04
April
4.81
+0.10
1.56
-3.43
4.87
-0.44
4.33
-0.38
May
8.75
+3.19
7.39
+0.83
5.83
+0.28
3.27
-2.08
June
3.39
-1.08
8.08
+2.48
2.35
-1.69
5.06
+0.60
July
3.79
-0.06
3.26
-0.71
3.49
-0.72
3.14
-1.29
August
1.62
-1.97
2.13
-1.23
1.69
-1.67
2.84
-0.82
September
1.79
-2.52
3.08
-1.10
1.90
-1.19
2.32
-1.49
October
6.74
+3.14
7.69
+3.89
6.24
+2.16
4.42
+1.21
November
1.11
-2.45
0.85
-2.48
0.88
-3.46
0.55
-2.90
December
1.31
-1.30
0.93
-1.67
6.18
+3.06
1.72
-0.59
Annual
46.96
+2.25
44.74
-0.84
46.11
-1.14
35.68
-7.39

 

Outlook

Temperature Outlook (Jan-Mar 2022)

 

 

Precipitation Outlook (Jan-Mar 2022)

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Normals

 

 

Normal Conditions for the Upcoming 3 Months
 Springfield
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
January
42.9
22.4
2.47
5.4
February
48.2
26.1
2.52
3.6
March
57.5
35.2
3.62
2.4
 Joplin
 
High
Low
Precip.
Snowfall
January
44.9
25.0
2.03
4.7
February
50.5
29.2
2.32
3.5
March
60.1
37.7
3.42
1.1
 West Plains
 
High
Low
Precip.
January
44.6
23.5
2.72
February
49.2
26.5
2.84
March
59.5
35.5
4.29
 Vichy
 
High
Low
Precip.
January
40.7
21.5
2.17
February
45.8
25.5
1.93
March
56.3
34.3
3.45

Maps

January
February
March
Temperatures
Precipitation
Temperatures
Precipitation
Temperatures
Precipitation
 
 
 
April
May
June
Temperature
Precipitation
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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 2021 Records
Date
Station
Record
January 25th
Joplin
Record daily rainfall of 1.29 inches breaks the old record of 0.94 inches in 1989.
January 25th
Springfield
Record daily rainfall of 1.60 inches breaks the old record of 1.12 inches set in 1895.
January 25th
West Plains
Record daily rainfall of 2.92 inches breaks the old record of 1.70 inches set in 2012.
January 25th
Vichy
Record daily rainfall of 1.63 inches breaks the old record of 0.81 inches set in 1950.
February 14th
Joplin
Record low of 1 broke the old record of 9 set in 1986.
February 14th
West Plains
Record low of 2 broke the old record of 8 set in 2020.
February 14th
Vichy
Record low of -2 broke the old record of 4 set in 2020.
February 14th
West Plains
Record lowest high temperature of 11 broke the old record of 29 set in 2007.
February 16th
Springfield
Record low of -15 broke the old record of -1 set in 1958.
February 16th
Joplin
Record low of -15 broke the old record of -8 set in 1903.
February 16th
West Plains
Record low of -8 broke the old record of -2 set in 1958.
February 16th
West Plains
Record lowest high temperature of 19 tied the old record set in 1958.
March 17th
Joplin
1.53 inches of rain broke the daily rainfall record of 1.33 set in 1987.
April 21st
Joplin
Record low temperature of 28 broke the old record of 30 set in 1966.
April 22nd
Vichy
Record low temperature of 25 broke the old record of 33 set in 2000.
April 22nd
Springfield
Record low temperature of 29 broke the old record of 30 set in 1982.
April 28th
West Plains
Record daily rainfall of 1.28 inches broke the old record of 1.26 inches set in 1991.
May 27th
Joplin
A record rainfall of 3.07 inches broke the old record of 1.83 inches set in 1987.
May 30th
Vichy
A record low of 38 broke the old record of 46 set in 1901.
June 1st
Springfield
A record lowest high temperature of 61 broke the old record of 62 set in 1907.
June 1st
West Plains
A record lowest high temperature of 62 broke the old record of 67 set in 1967.
June 26th
Joplin
Record daily rainfall of 3.30 inches broke the old record of 2.35 inches set in 1948.
September 20th
Joplin
A daily rain of 1.15 inches broke the old record of 1.07 inches set in 1992.
October 9th
Springfield
A record warmest low temperature of 67 tied the old record set in 1928.
October 9th
Joplin
A record warmest low temperature of 72 broke the old record of 67 set in 1949.
October 23rd
Springfield
A record rainfall of 2.68 inches broke the old record of 1.29 inches set in 1943.
October 23rd
Joplin
A record rainfall of 2.90 inches broke the old record of 1.06 inches set in 1970.
November 16th
Springfield
Record high temperature of 78 broke the old record of 77 degrees set in 2016.
December 2nd
Springfield
Record high of 75 broke the old record of 73 set in 2012.
December 2nd
Joplin
Record high of 76 broke the old record of 74 set in 1970.
December 2nd
Vichy
Record high of 74 broke the old record of 73 set in 2012.
December 2nd
West Plains
Record high of 77 broke the old record of 73 set in 2012.
December 3rd
Springfield
Record high of 74 tied the old record set in 1916.
December 3rd
West Plains
Record high of 77 tied the old record set in 1970.
December 3rd
Joplin
Record high of 74 broke the old record of 73 set in 2012.
December 3rd
Vichy
Record high of 76 broke the old record of 74 set in 1970.
December 15th
Joplin
Record high of 76 broke the old record of 74 set in 1984.
December 15th
West Plains
Record high of 71 broke the old record of 69 set in 1948.
December 15th
Springfield
Record high of 75 broke the old record of 73 set in 1948.
December 15th
Joplin
Record warmest low of 53 broke the old record of 47 set in 1957.
December 15th
Vichy
Record warmest low of 62 broke the old record of 44 set in 1957.
December 15th
West Plains
Record warmest low of 61 broke the old record of 54 set in 1984.
December 24th
Joplin
Record high of 75 broke the old record of 73 set in 1955.
December 24th
Vichy
Record high of 72 tied the old record set in 1955.
December 24th
Joplin
Record warmest low of 58 broke the old record of 53 set in 1982.
December 25th
West Plains
Record high of 74 broke the old record of 68 set in 1971.
Month of December
Joplin
Record warmest month of December with an average temperature of 50.0 degrees.  The previous record was 47.4 degrees back in 1965.
Month of December
West Plains
Record warmest month of December with an average temperature of 50.1 degrees.  The previous record was 45.0 degrees in 2015.
Month of December
Vichy
Record warmest month of December with an average temperature of 47.2.  The previous record was 43.0 degrees in 2015.
December 26th
Joplin

Record high of 75 broke the old record of 71 set in 2008.

 

Climate Graphs

 

Springfield Temperature Plot for 2021
Springfield Precipitation Plot for 2021
Joplin Temperature Plot for 2021
Joplin Precipitation Plot for 2021
West Plains Temperature Plot for 2021
West Plains Precipitation Plot for 2021
Vichy Temperature Plot for 2021
Vichy Precipitation Plot for 2021