Warm and Wet April

April 2012 was a very warm month across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  Average temperatures were from 3 to 5 degrees above normal for the month.   Record highs of 87 and 91 degrees were set at Mobridge and Pierre on April 1st, respectively.  Also, a record low temperature of 15 degrees was set a Mobridge on April 10th. 

As far as precipitation, the drought conditions and fire weather concerns eased some through the month of April, as several beneficial rainfalls occurred across the region.  Rainfall amounts for the month were from 2 to over 4 inches or around three-quarters of an inch to almost 2 inches above normal.  Snowfall was rare to be seen through the month.  In fact, the seasonal snowfall totals for the region finished out far below normal.  The seasonal snowfall amounts ranged from 17 inches at Mobridge to 28 inches at Kennebec.  Aberdeen had the next least with 17.5 inches.

APRIL 2012

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature / Date

87 / 24th

79 / 24th

79 / 25th

81 / 24th

Coldest Temperature / Date

15 / 11th

18 / 11th

20 / 11 – 12th

17 / 11th

Average High / Departure from Normal

61.2 / +4.2

59.3 / +3.0

58.9 / +3.7

58.3 / +2.7

Average Low / Departure from Normal

36.1 / +4.3

37.0 / +4.4

35.2 / +3.2

36.3 / +3.4

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

48.7 / +4.2

48.2 / +3.7

47.0 / +3.4

47.3 / +3.5

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

3.65 / +1.80

4.19 / +1.91

4.10 / +1.86

2.69 / +0.67

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

0.0 / -3.1

0.0 / -3.8

0.0 / -4.4

Trace / -3.3

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

1.25 / 14-15th

2.94 / 14-15th

2.11 / 16th

1.21 / 14-15th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

0.0

0.0

0.0

Trace / 15-16th

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature / Date

91 / 1st

92 / 1st

87 / 1st, 24th

90 / 1st

Coldest Temperature / Date

21 / 10th

17 / 10th

15 / 10th

20 / 10th

Average High / Departure from Normal

63.9 / +4.2

68.2 / +6.0

61.9 / +3.9

63.9 / +5.1

Average Low / Departure from Normal

37.6 / +3.4

38.2 / +4.2

35.7 / +3.2

35.2 / +2.5

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

50.8 / +3.8

53.2 / +5.1

48.8 / +3.5

49.6 / +3.8

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

3.15 / +1.34

3.46 / +1.30

2.32 / +0.75

3.17 / +1.47

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

0.0 / -3.7

0.0 / -3.9

0.0 / -3.2

0.0 / -5.3

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

1.69 / 14-15th

1.17 / 27th

0.77 / 14-15th

1.08 / 28th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0



Return to News Archive

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.