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THE DECADE OF THE 1910S

 

AVERAGE YEARLY TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE SUMMER TEMPERATURE

AVERAGE WINTER TEMPERATURE

TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR

1910

48.2 DEGREES

72.3 DEGREES

13.0 DEGREES

16.89 INCHES

1911

46.7 DEGREES

72.3 DEGREES

20.3 DEGREES

34.57 INCHES

1912

44.3 DEGREES

68.3 DEGREES

14.8 DEGREES

24.63 INCHES

1913

46.9 DEGREES

72.4 DEGREES

20.9 DEGREES

26.96 INCHES

1914

45.3 DEGREES

71.4 DEGREES

20.9 DEGREES

26.58 INCHES

1915

43.8 DEGREES

63.8 DEGREES

15.7 DEGREES

29.41 INCHES

1916

42.7 DEGREES

71.1 DEGREES

13.8 DEGREES

22.26 INCHES

1917

40.9 DEGREES

68.8 DEGREES

9.3 DEGREES

19.45 INCHES

1918

46.1 DEGREES

70.7 DEGREES

9.4 DEGREES

25.62 INCHES

1919

46.3 DEGREES

72.7 DEGREES

26.1 DEGREES

27.88 INCHES

 

 

 

NUMBER OF DAYS 90 DEGREES OR MORE

NUMBER OF DAYS 100 DEGREES OR MORE

NUMBER OF DAYS 0 DEGREES OR LESS

NUMBER OF DAYS -10 DEGREES OR LESS

1910

40

0

32

13

1911

36

6

17

10

1912

19

1

37

23

1913

39

3

35

11

1914

25

0

40

14

1915

1

0

21

9

1916

32

0

54

31

1917

24

2

51

29

1918

17

0

36

22

1919

28

0

32

13

The decade of the 1910s had an average temperature of 45.1 degrees, the second coldest of the century. The average summer temperature for the decade was 70.4 degrees which ties for the second coolest of the century and the average winter temperature of 16.4 degrees is the second coldest of the century. The coldest yearly temperature of the century occurred in 1917 with an average temperature of 40.9 degrees and the fifth coldest year occurred in 1916 with an average temperature of 42.7 degrees. The coolest summer of the century occurred in 1915 with an average temperature of 63.8 degrees. The third coldest winter of the century occurred during 1916-17 with an average temperature of 9.3 degrees. At 9.4 degrees, winter 1917-18 tied for the fourth coldest of the century. It is interesting to note that the third and fourth coldest winters occurred in consecutive winters and that the first coldest winter, 1978-79, and second coldest winter, 1977-78, also occurred in consecutive winters. Was the overall weather pattern that produced the consecutive cold winters in the 70s also in existence during the period 1916 to 1918? Relief in the form of the fourth warmest winter of the century occurred during 1918-19 with an average temperature of 26.1 degrees. This winter also saw the warmest December of the 20th century with an average temperature was 31.6 degrees. The period from 1916-1918 also contained several of the top 5 coolest months of the century - February 1917 (2nd, 6.8 degrees), January 1918 (4th, 3.4 degrees), June 1916 (5th, 62.5 degrees), October 1917 (2nd , 38.2 degrees), and December 1917 (2nd, 8.0 degrees). The cool weather pattern may have started the summer of 1915 which was the coolest summer of the 20th century. This summer contained the 3rd coolest June (61.6 degree average), 2nd coolest July (66.0 degree average), and coldest August (63.7 degree average) of the 20th century. Other top 5 cold months include January 1912 which averaged 2.3 degrees and was the 3rd coldest January. March 1915 was the 5th coldest March with an average temperature of 23.6 degrees. May 1915 was tied for the third coolest of the century with an average temperature of 52.6 degrees. October 1919 was the fifth coldest at 44.0 degrees and November 1911 tied for fifth coldest at 25.0 degrees. The warmest spring season of the century occurred in 1910 when the temperature averaged 52.6 degrees. This year contained the warmest March of the century with an average temperature of 49.2 degrees. Other top 5 warmest months include April 1915 (2nd, 55.8 degrees), June 1911 (3rd, 76.0 degrees), October 1910 (tied 5th, 56.6 degrees), and December 1913 (tied 4th, 29.4 degrees). The coldest January day of the 20th century occurred in 1912 when the mercury plunged to 38 below zero on the 12th. The warmest April day of the century occurred in 1910 with a reading of 98 degrees on the 28th. The hottest September days of the century occurred in 1913 when the mercury rose to 104 degrees on the 4th, 5th and 6th. The coldest December day of the century occurred in 1917 with a reading of 31 below zero on the 29th. The decade had the third most days with temperatures zero degrees or colder at 355 days. The one day of temperatures 90 degrees or more during 1915 is the fewest days of that occurrence for the century. At 54 days, the winter of 1916-17 tied for most days with temperatures zero degrees or colder. At 53 days, winter 1917-18 tied for second most days with temperatures zero degrees or colder.

Precipitation for the 1910s was slightly above normal at 254.25 inches. 1911 had the wettest autumn and fourth wettest year of the century at 12.67 inches and 34.57 inches respectively. That year also saw the fourth wettest August of the century when 8.07 inches of rain fell and the wettest October of the century with 6.89 inches. The decade recorded the second and third wettest Januarys with 2.10 inches in 1917 and 1.88 inches in 1916. The second wettest February of the century occurred in 1919 at 2.77 inches. There was also the fifth wettest July (7.65 inches, 1912), and wettest November (3.66 inches, 1919). Only June 1912 (1st, 0.85 inches) and August 1919 (2nd, 0.38 inches) were amongst the driest months of the century. The wettest November day occurred in 1915 with 1.79 inches on the 11th. Significant snowstorms for the decade are 20.0 inches on March 16-17 1917, 8.0 inches on January 12 1918 and 7.5 inches on December 20 1911.

The coldest temperature of the 20th century occurred on January 12, 1912 when the mercury plunged to 38 degrees below zero. The maximum temperature that day was only 12 degrees below zero. ( The coldest temperature ever recorded in Sioux Falls was 42 degrees below zero on February 9, 1899). January 1912 would go on to be the third coldest January of the century with an average temperature of 2.3 degrees. There was a 21 consecutive day stretch of sub-zero temperatures beginning on December 27 1911 and ending on January 16 1912. The average low temperature during this stretch was 16.7 degrees below zero. In addition, there was a 17 consecutive day stretch of minimums 10 below zero or colder beginning December 30, 1911 and ending January 15, 1912.


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