How Does Elevation Impact Weather?


Elevation has an indication of air pressure. Depending on one’s location on Earth and elevation, the temperature and weather will trend in a certain way.

As you increase in elevation, there is less air above you, thus the pressure decreases. As you decrease in elevation there is more atmosphere, thus pressure increases.

There are a lot of variables to weather and elevation, but assuming no snow or rain, the temperature generally decreases by about 5 degrees for every 1,000 feet increase. In general you can count on colder weather as you increase elevation and milder weather as you get closer to sea level.

Here in Wisconsin you can count on little extremes regarding elevation. The lowest point is 581 feet above sea level. The highest point is Timms Hill in Price County rising 1,951 feet above sea level.

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