Kansas City: Geography and Climate

Surrounded by gently rolling terrain, Kansas City is located near the geographical center of the United States. It is situated on the south bank of the Missouri River at the Missouri-Kansas state line. The climate is modified continental, with frequent and rapid fluctuations in weather during early spring. Summer is characterized by warm days and mild nights; fall days are mild and the nights cool. Winter is cold with the heaviest snowfall coming late in the season.

Area: 314 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 742 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 29° F; July, 78° F; annual average, 54.6° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 38.21 inches; 20 inches of snow