Joe's Corner

March 1910: Unusually Warm for Sioux Falls

By Joe Sheehan
National Weather Service
Sioux Falls, SD

The month of March 1910 was unusually warm with an average temperature of 49.2 degrees or 16.7 degrees above the normal of 32.5 degrees. The average temperature of 49.2 degrees makes March 1910 the warmest March on the record books in Sioux Falls. The second warmest March occurred in 1946 with an average monthly temperature of 42.0 degrees, a full 7.2 degrees cooler!

Every day of the month had a maximum temperature above normal. The coolest maximum of 40 degrees occurred on the 9th. The average maximum temperature for the month of March is 42.3 degrees, the average maximum for March 1910 was 64.8 degrees or 22.5 degrees above normal! Between the 12th and the end of the month the average maximum temperature was 73.9 degrees, 28.8 degrees above normal and representative of the average maximum for May 26th! There were six days with maximums of 80 degrees or more including five consecutive days from the 21st through the 25th. Two days had a maximum temperature 41 degrees above normal, the 22nd with a high of 86 degrees and the 23rd with a high of 87 degrees. During a nine day stretch beginning on the 21st the average maximum was 81.7 degrees which is representative of the normal high for June 19 and 34.7 degrees above the normal of 47 degrees!

The warmest temperature ever recorded during March is 88 degrees set on the 30th in 1943. The warmth of 1910 continued into April with a high of 98 degrees on the 28th, the hottest temperature recorded for the month of April in Sioux Falls.

Maximum temperatures from March 1910 still on the record books as of January 2001 include the following:

  • 83 degrees on March 21
  • 86 degrees on March 22
  • 87 degrees on March 23
  • 82 degrees on March 25
  • 78 degrees on March 26
  • 82 degrees on March 28

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