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Springfield, MO
According to our Weather Variety Index, Springfield, Missouri has the most variety of weather out of all 277 U.S. cities in the study. Springfield has everything, including a wide range of temperatures, wind, rain, thunderstorms, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, humidity, fog, heat and much more.

Springfield has a very unique location. It has more variety than surrounding areas because it lies high on the Ozark Plateau. The elevation is 1316 feet (401 meters), which is much higher than most of Missouri. Orographic lifting helps to bring more precipitation in the Ozarks than there otherwise would be.

Weather often makes headlines in Springfield. To find out what has been happening there lately, visit the Springfield News-Leader.

The part of the U.S. with the most weather variety is between the midwest and southern plains. That area is far enough away from the oceans to have a wide range of temperatures, far enough southeast to have a lot of thunderstorms and precipitation, and far enough north to get snow in the winter. There are no large mountain ranges to block cold dry air from Canada or warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Most of 'Tornado Alley' is included in this area.





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