January Climate Information

 January 2012 was a warm month across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  Monthly average temperatures were anywhere from 6 to 10 degrees above normal.  Most of the locations had one of their top ten warmest Januarys on record.  The month started out with many record high temperatures across the region from January 3rd through January 6th.  The record highs during this time ranged from the mid 40s to as much as 70 degrees.  In fact, a couple locations set their all-time record high for January.  The temperature at Aberdeen rose to 63 degrees on January 5th breaking its old record by 3 degrees.  Kennebec warmed to a spring-like 70 degrees on January 5th which tied the old record for the all-time January high.  The differences between the highest and lowest temperatures for the month were quite dramatic across the region.  These temperature differences ranged from 67 degrees at Mobridge to as much as 83 degrees at Kennebec.  After a dry fall and December, a couple weather systems during January brought the monthly precipitation amounts close to or slightly above normal for several locations.    

JANUARY  2012

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature / Date

63 / 5th

59 / 5th

58 / 6th

57 / 5th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-13 / 19th

-15 / 19th

-16 / 19th, 20th

-14 / 19th

Average High / Departure from Normal

33.1 / +10.6

32.3 / +9.3

29.9 / +10.5

30.2 / +8.0

Average Low / Departure from Normal

9.4 / +7.9

12.5 / +9.2

9.7 / +9.1

10.2 / +7.1

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

21.3 / +9.3

22.4 / +9.3

19.8 / +9.8

20.2 / +7.5

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.70 / +0.23

0.48 /  +0.05

0.49 / -0.33

0.39 / -0.14

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

7.2 / +0.8

3.0 / -5.4

3.9 / -5.1

6.1 / +0.8

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.22 / 22nd

0.25 / 11th

0.18 / 23rd

0.11 / 19-20th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

2.9 / 24th

1.3 / 22nd

2.1 / 23rd

2.0 / 11th

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature / Date

66 / 5th

70 / 5th

58 / 3rd

58 / 5th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-8 / 19th

-13 / 18th

-9 / 17th

-10 / 17th,19th

Average High / Departure from Normal

38.0 / +8.0

40.3 / +8.4

35.6 / +9.6

36.0 / +7.9

Average Low / Departure from Normal

14.8 / +5.0

13.3 / +3.2

10.1 / +4.0

13.3 / +5.5

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

26.4 / +6.5

26.8 / +5.8

22.9 / +6.9

24.6 / +6.6

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.59 / +0.17

0.52 / +0.13

0.37 / +0.08

0.35 / -0.08

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

4.7 / +0.5

8.5 / +3.7

4.5 / -0.5

3.1 / -2.5

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.21 / 22nd

0.17 / 22nd

0.23 / 22nd

0.15 / 22nd

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

2.0 / 22nd

3.0 / 20th

2.4 / 22nd

1.2 / 20th

 

 



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