Des Moines - Recent Annual Temperatures, Rain & Snow





The numbers here describe what the weather in Des Moines, Iowa was like for every year since 2010. A series of tables gives data by year for temperature, precipitation and snowfall.

They begin with average maximum and minimum temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius. That's followed by how many really hot and cold days occurred each year. Then there's information on how much rain and snow actually landed during recent years, as well as how often Des Moines had wet or snowy weather.

The climate data come from weather measurements made at Des Moines International Airport.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

Des Moines temperature averages by year
High °F Low °F Year High °C Low °C
60 42 2018 16 5
64 44 2017 18 7
64 46 2016 18 8
63 44 2015 17 7
59 40 2014 15 4
60 41 2013 16 5
67 45 2012 19 7
62 43 2011 16 6
61 42 2010 16 6
Number of days each year when the temperature in Des Moines dropped to 0 or 32 or below, or rose to at least 70 or 90 degrees Fahrenheit
0 °F
-18 °C
32 °F
0 °C
Year 70 °F
21 °C
90 °F
32 °C
10 146 2018 153 33
5 112 2017 177 34
7 97 2016 183 31
11 104 2015 179 17
19 133 2014 157 11
6 143 2013 156 37
0 102 2012 181 60
8 124 2011 150 34
15 122 2010 175 23

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

This table gives the total precipitation that fell on Des Moines during each year from 2010. The number of days with precipitation counts the days when rainfall or snowfall (when melted) amounted to 0.01 inches (0.3 millimeters) or more.

Total precipitation in Des Moines
Days Year Inches Milli­metres
121 2018 42.1 1068
107 2017 30.3 769
109 2016 34.5 877
113 2015 44.7 1134
116 2014 42.0 1067
106 2013 32.0 813
92 2012 26.3 669
111 2011 37.2 945
128 2010 51.8 1316

Snowy Weather iconSnow

Amount of snowfall in Des Moines and number of days when new snow totalled at least 1 inch (2.5 centimetres)
Days Year Inches Centi­metres
8 2018 27.2 69
8 2017 17.2 44
10 2016 19.4 49
7 2015 36.2 92
16 2014 41.1 104
15 2013 54.8 139
7 2012 30.9 78
11 2011 34.4 87
15 2010 49.6 126
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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