Missouri, United States

About Missouri

Missouri is located in the Midwestern United States bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Missouri's capital is Jefferson City. The three largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. Missouri was originally acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became defined as the Missouri Territory. Missouri mirrors the demographic, economic and political makeup of the nation with a mix of urban and rural culture. It has long been considered a political bellwether state. Missouri borders eight different states, as does its neighbor, Tennessee. No state in the U.S. touches more than eight states. Missouri is bounded on the north by Iowa; on the east, across the Mississippi River, by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee; on the south by Arkansas; and on the west by Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (the last across the Missouri River). The two largest Missouri rivers are the Mississippi, which defines the eastern boundary of the state, and the Missouri, which flows from west to east through the state, essentially connecting the two largest metros, Kansas City and St. Louis.

Missouri Tourism and Recreation

Travel Missouri and check out exciting international events such as St. Louis Arch or Missouri tourist attractions like the natural beauty of the Ozark lakes or the sounds of Branson's country music. Activities in Missouri include Noland Fashion Square 6, Rush Limbaugh Hometown Tour and Buster's Old Time Photos On the Landing.

Missouri Climate

Missouri generally has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dfa), with cool to cold winters and long, hot summers. In the southern part of the state, particularly in the Bootheel, the climate borders on a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cfa). Due to its location in the interior United States, Missouri often experiences extremes in temperatures. Not having either large mountains or oceans nearby to moderate its temperature, its climate is alternately influenced by air from the cold Arctic and the hot and humid Gulf of Mexico.

Missouri has cool, cold winters and hot summers. In the southern part of the state the climate is humid subtropical, influenced by the air from the Gulf of Mexico. Because Missouri has no large mountains or oceans to moderate its temperature the climate is strongly influenced by air from both the cold Arctic and the warm Gulf of Mexico, hence the southeast tends to be warmer than the northwest. Kansas City has an average temperature range of between 26°F (-3°C) in January to 79°F (26°C) in July.

Spring, March through May, is generally the wettest season of the year with the mean temperature from 1895 until 2003 being about 12°C (54°F) and its mean precipitation (in the form of rain) for this period being approximately 300 mm (12 inches). The spring rains often continue through June. The spring also produces the most tornadoes; with an average of 35 tornadoes each year. Summer, June through August, is the hottest time of the year with a mean temperature of 24°C (75 °F, 24 °C) and a mean precipitation of 300 mm (12 inches) with June having more precipitation than either July or August. The extreme highs for the year often occur in July or August. Tropical cyclones and their remains can impact the state during this time of the year, contributing to area rainfall. Fall, September through November, has less and less precipitation towards the end of the season. The mean temperatures for this season are 13.6°C (56.5°F) and the mean precipitation is 250mm (10 in). Tropical cyclones and their remains can impact the state into October, contributing to area rainfall.

Missouri Transportaion

The state of Missouri has two major airport hubs: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Kansas City International Airport.

Two of the nation's three busiest rail centers are located in Missouri. Kansas City is a major railroad hub for BNSF Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, Kansas City Southern Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad. Kansas City is the second largest freight rail center in the US. Like Kansas City, St. Louis is a major destination for train freight. Amtrak passenger trains serve Kansas City, La Plata, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Lee's Summit, Independence, Warrensburg, Hermann, Washington, Kirkwood, Sedalia, and Poplar Bluff.

The Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center in St. Louis is the largest active multi-use transportation center in the state. It is located in Downtown St. Louis next to the historic St. Louis Union Station complex. It serves as a hub center/station for the city's rail system St. Louis MetroLink and regional bus system MetroBus, Greyhound, Amtrak and city taxi services.