Colder Than Normal March

The cold trend of below normal temperatures continued across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota throughout March.  Average monthly temperatures ranged from 2 to 5 degrees below normal.  Pierre set their all-time record low temperature for March with 20 degrees below zero on March 1st and 2nd.  After this March record low, Pierre tied their daily record high of 70 degrees one week later on March 9th.  There was a large difference between the highest and lowest temperature for the month ranging from 74 degrees difference at Sisseton and Watertown to 95 degrees difference at Kennebec.  

Precipitation across the region was below normal for March with some locations almost an inch below normal.  Snowfall amounts were generally above normal ranging from 3 to 10 inches.  The biggest weather story of March was the blizzard on March 31st across the entire region.  Snowfall amounts of 1 to 10 inches occurred with wind gusts from 45 to 60 mph at times bringing whiteout conditions.  Some thunderstorms, heavy sleet, and icing from freezing rain also occurred with this system.

MARCH 2014

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature / Date

62 / 30th

62 / 30th

60 / 31st

60 / 30th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-16 / 2nd

-12 / 1st, 2nd

-14 / 2nd, 3rd

-18 / 2nd

Average High / Departure from Normal

36.5 / -3.5

36.2 / -3.1

33.3 / -3.5

35.0 / -3.9

Average Low / Departure from Normal

14.2 / -5.6

16.0 / -4.8

13.6 / -4.4

13.7 / -6.2

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

25.3 / -4.6

26.1 / -3.9

23.4 / -4.0

24.4 / -5.0

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.77 / -0.39

0.84 / -0.28

0.40 / -1.08

0.97 / -0.14

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

8.1 / +0.9

9.5 / +1.2

3.3 / -5.0

6.8 / +0.6

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.30 / 4th

0.40 / 31st

0.30 / 18th

0.34 / 27th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

3.3 / 4th, 31st

6.0 / 31st

2.8 / 18th

3.5 / 4th

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature / Date

72 / 26th, 29th

73 / 29th, 30th

64 / 29th

64 / 29th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-20R / 1st, 2nd

-22 / 2nd

-16 / 2nd

-18 / 2nd

Average High / Departure from Normal

43.5 / -1.9

50.8 / +2.9

39.0 / -3.6

40.7 / -2.5

Average Low / Departure from Normal

16.7 / -6.8

17.0 / -6.4

16.6 / -4.5

16.9 / -4.6

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

30.1 / -4.3

33.9 / -1.8

27.8 / -4.1

28.8 / -3.6

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.99 / -0.24

0.38 / -0.88

0.51 / -0.39

0.93 / -0.22

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

9.7 / +3.7

9.0 / +1.0

9.4 / +3.5

7.0 / -0.6

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.65 / 31st

0.30 / 31st

0.15 / 31st

0.30 / 31st

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

6.0 / 31st

5.0 / 31st

3.8 / 31st

2.7 / 31st

 



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