Cool and Wet 2013

2013 was a cool and wet year across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  Most all locations had their top ten coldest years on record.  The yearly average temperatures were from 2 to 3 degrees below normal which is large for a yearly average. Wheaton Minnesota had their all-time coldest year on record with an average yearly temperature of just 39.9 degrees.  Kennebec came in with their second coldest year on record with 46.5 degrees.  Aberdeen tied for the fourth coldest on record with an average temperature of 40.5 degrees.  Timber Lake and Mobridge both tied for their sixth coldest year on record with 43.8 and 43.2 degrees, respectively.  2013 at Watertown was 40.7 degrees and Pierre was 45.3 degrees or 8th and 10th, respectively, for their coldest years on record. 

2013 was also a wet year for most locations with several locations having one of their top ten wettest years on record.  Total yearly precipitation ranged from just above normal at Aberdeen to ten and a half inches above normal at Timber Lake.  Some of the big events in 2013 were the very snowy April across the region with 20 or more inches of snowfall occurring at many locations; the widespread severe thunderstorm wind damage in northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota on June 21st; along with the devastating blizzard to hit mainly western South Dakota on October 4th and 5th.

2013 CLIMATE

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature/Date

95 / Aug 24th

96 / Aug 29th

96 / Aug 30th

93 / Aug 29th

Coldest Temperature/Date

-31 / Feb 1st

-23 / Feb 20th

-21 / Feb 21st

-23 / Dec 7th

Average Yearly High/Departure from Normal

52.2 / -2.2

51.1 / -3.4

49.8 / -3.3

50.6 / -3.0

Average Yearly Low/Departure from Normal

28.8 / -2.7

30.4 / -2.6

30.0 / -2.2

30.8 / -1.7

Yearly Average/Departure from Normal

40.5 / -2.5

40.7 / -3.0

39.9 / -2.8

40.7 / -2.3

Precipitation/Wind Data

       

Yearly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

21.90 / +0.18

28.61 / +6.28

26.28 / +1.34

24.75 / +2.69

Highest Wind Gust MPH / Date

58 / Jun 21st

61 / Jan 10th

N/A

82 / Jun 21st

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature/Date

102 / Aug 24th

99 / Aug 26th

101 / Aug 24th

99 / Aug 24th

Coldest Temperature/Date

-21 / Dec 23rd

-24 / Dec 23rd

-25 / Dec 23rd

-24 / Dec 7th

Average Yearly High/Departure from Normal

56.7 / -2.5

59.3 / -1.9

54.6 / -2.2

55.2 / -2.3

Average Yearly Low/Departure from Normal

33.8 / -1.8

33.7 / -1.8

31.8 / -1.3

32.3 / -1.4

Yearly Average/Departure from Normal

45.3 / -2.1

46.5 / -1.9

43.2  / -1.7

43.8 / -1.8

Precipitation/Wind Data

       

Yearly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

24.58 / +4.57

26.54 / +6.91

23.72 / +5.85

28.93 / +10.50

Highest Wind Gust MPH / Date

63 / Jul 13th

N/A

64 / Jul 9th

N/A



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