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October 22, 1992:

Record heat occurred on this date in late October in 1992. Temperatures rose into the upper 70s to the mid 80s across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. The record highs were 79 degrees at Mobridge and Timber Lake, 80 degrees at Sisseton, 82 degrees at Aberdeen, 83 degrees at Wheaton, and 85 degrees at Pierre. Although not a record high, Kennebec rose to 87 degrees on this date in 1992.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 82 (1992) Aberdeen: 8 (1895)
Kennebec: 88 (1915) Kennebec: 12 (1937)
Mobridge: 79 (1992) Mobridge: 16 (1937)
Pierre: 85 (1992) Pierre: 18 (1981)
Sisseton: 80 (1992) Sisseton: 13 (1936)
Timber Lake: 79 (1992) Timber Lake: 5 (1936)
Watertown: 77 (1989) Watertown: 13 (1936)
Wheaton: 83 (1992) Wheaton: 16 (1976)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.70" (1918) Aberdeen: 3.1" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.78" (1957) Kennebec: 6.0" (2002)
Mobridge: 0.85" (1985) Mobridge: 1.7" (2002)
Pierre: 0.49" (1957) Pierre: 3.5" (2002)
Sisseton: 0.54" (2008) Sisseton: 1.0" (2002)
Timber Lake: 1.00" (1914) Timber Lake: 4.0" (2002)
Watertown: 1.15" (2004) Watertown: 3.0" (2002)
Wheaton: 0.97" (2004) Wheaton: 1.5" (1951)


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