Cold and Snowy February

 

The below normal temperature and above normal snowfall trend continued for February across central, north central, and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  The average monthly temperatures ranged from around 6 degrees to nearly 12 degrees below normal for the month. The highest temperatures for the month reached only the lower 30s across the area.  Total snowfall for the month ranged from around 8 to 18 inches which is from 2 to 12 inches above normal.  With these cold temperatures and high snowfall amounts, several locations had one of their top fifteen coldest and snowiest Februarys on record.  The average February temperature for Pierre was only 12.9 degrees which was 11.5 degrees below normal.  The 12.9 degrees ranks as the 7th coldest February at Pierre since records began.  In addition, Sisseton and Timber Lake both had their 11th coldest February on record.  As for snowfall, locations in northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota had one of their top ten snowiest Februarys on record. The 18 inches of snowfall at Sisseton ranked as the second snowiest February on record.   Both Wheaton, Minnesota and Watertown had their sixth snowiest February on record with 14.8 inches and 18.0 inches, respectively.

FEBRUARY

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature/Date

33 / 5th

30 / 4-5th

32 / 6th

33 / 4-5th

Coldest Temperature/Date

-22 / 24th

-19 / 10 & 24th

-14 / 24-25th

-23 / 10th

Average High/Departure from Normal

20.1 / -8.4

18.9 / -8.6

17.0 / -11.0

20.8 / -5.8

Average Low/Departure from Normal

1.1 / -7.7

2.0 / -7.3

1.5 / -7.0

1.8 / -5.5

Monthly Average/Departure from Normal

10.6 / -8.1

10.4 / -8.0

9.2 / -9.0

11.2 / -5.7

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.81 / +0.33

    1.23 / +0.59

1.23 / +0.68

1.02 / +0.54

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

11.9 / +5.5

18.0 / +11.1

14.8 / +7.9

18.0 / +12.4

Most Precipitation in 24 hours/Date

0.22 / 5-6th

0.40 / 8th

0.28 / 8th

0.25 / 6th

Most Snow in 24 hours/Date

3.3 / 8th

5.7 / 13th

3.0 / 14th

5.0 / 1st

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature/Date

32 / 4-5th

33 / 4th

31 / 5th

30 / 5-6th

Coldest Temperature/Date

-10 / 2nd

-13 / 2nd

-13 / 2nd

-15 / 8th

Average High/Departure from Normal

21.1 / -13.7

24.4 / -12.7

18.7 / -12.4

19.4 / -12.3

Average Low/Departure from Normal

4.8 / -9.3

7.0 /  -6.5

3.1 / -7.5

3.7 / -8.1

Monthly Average/Departure from Normal

12.9 / -11.5

15.7 / -9.6

10.9 / -10.0

11.6 / -10.2

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.78 / +0.24

0.63 / +0.20

0.48 / +0.07

0.51 / -0.03

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

10.2 / +4.9

10.0 / +4.1

7.8 / +2.2

8.9 / +2.4

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.21 / 1st

0.15 / 8th

0.16 / 4-5th

0.24 / 5th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

3.1 / 5th

3.0 / 8th

1.7 / 1st

4.0 / 6th



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