Ocean Springs, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, is 15.2 square miles in size, 11.6 of which are land and 3.6 is water. The climate is subtropical, which means that there is no snow, but a lot of rain. In fact, Ocean Springs receives approximately 65 inches of rain annually (double the national average). This equates to about 65 days of rain annually. Most of this comes during monsoon season, which starts in spring and ends in the early fall. This includes many thunderstorms, typically in the afternoon and evening. Sometimes there are even tropical cyclones because of the warm temperatures.

The spring and fall are the colder seasons, with winter being warmer with the odd cooler spell. The winter brings cold winds, which typically only last a few days at a time. The summer is hot and dry, with very little relief from the humidity.

Some quick facts about the climate:

• The hot season runs from May to August, and can even include September

• The rainy season is what many know as winter and usually includes January to April and September to December

• According to historical data and annual averages, the hottest month is August

• The coldest month according to yearly averages is January

• August, along with being the warmest month, is also the rainiest, so is to be avoided if you don’t enjoy harsh weather

• October is, on average, the driest month.

The climate and geography have long been draws for visitors to Ocean Springs because of its spring waters, great fishing and location. This was the case until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated Ocean Springs and caused significant damage and destruction that many are still in the process of rebuilding. The storm even destroyed the infamous Biloxi Bay Bridge which connected Biloxi to Ocean Springs.