January 2006 temperatures well above normal...and a snowstorm across western South Dakota on this date in 1944

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
1108 AM CST FRI JAN 27 2006

IT WAS AN UNSEASONABLY MILD WINTER NIGHT ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA WITH
LOW TEMPERATURES NEAR OR ABOVE THE NORMAL HIGHS FOR THE DATE! BRISK
SOUTHERLY WINDS MUCH OF THE NIGHT ACROSS THE EAST ALLOWED
TEMPERATURES TO REMAIN IN THE 40S...BUT TEMPERATURES QUICKLY FELL
INTO THE 30S IN THE 2 AM TO 4 AM CST TIME FRAME AS WINDS SHIFTED TO
SOUTHWEST OR WEST AND DECREASED IN VELOCITY.

OVERNIGHT SKIES WERE MOSTLY CLOUDY DURING THE EVENING WITH A FEW
LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS OR SPRINKLES. SKIES CLEARED FROM SOUTHWEST TO
NORTHEAST OVER MUCH OF THE STATE AFTER MIDNIGHT.

EARLY MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S
ACROSS THE EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL...AND IN THE 20S ACROSS THE WEST
AND NORTH CENTRAL. PINE RIDGE WAS THE COLDEST ON THE PRAIRIES WITH A
LOW OF 20 DEGREES WHILE IN THE BLACK HILLS...CUSTER AND PACTOLA DAM
FELL TO 19 DEGREES. NORMAL LOWS FOR THE DATE VARY FROM ONE DEGREE AT
WATERTOWN TO 12 DEGREES AT RAPID CITY.

BRISK SOUTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS ACROSS THE
EAST BECAME SOUTHWEST OR WEST AT 5 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. ACROSS
THE CENTRAL AND WEST...OVERNIGHT WINDS WERE GENERALLY FROM THE WEST
AND NORTHWEST AT 5 TO 15 MPH...BUT WITH A TENDENCY FOR STRONGER
WINDS...10 TO 20 MPH...THURSDAY EVENING ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND
AROUND MIDNIGHT ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL.

AT 11 AM CST SKIES WERE MOSTLY SUNNY OVER THE STATE. TEMPERATURES
WERE IN THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE WITH
EXTREMES OF 35 DEGREES AT CUSTER AND WATERTOWN TO 49 DEGREES AT
WINNER. WINDS WERE LIGHT ACROSS THE PRAIRIE AND WESTERLY AT 13
GUSTING TO 20 MPH AT CUSTER.

THROUGH THE FIRST 26 DAYS OF THE MONTH...TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE
STATE HAVE AVERAGED 14 TO 18 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH THUS FAR AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL
INCLUDE...

                 AVERAGE TEMPERATURE       DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL

SISSETON            24.9 DEGREES             PLUS 13.8 DEGREES
WATERTOWN           23.8 DEGREES             PLUS 14.2 DEGREES
RAPID CITY          36.6 DEGREES             PLUS 14.5 DEGREES
ABERDEEN            25.6 DEGREES             PLUS 15.0 DEGREES
MOBRIDGE            28.6 DEGREES             PLUS 15.3 DEGREES
HURON               30.3 DEGREES             PLUS 16.4 DEGREES
SIOUX FALLS         30.5 DEGREES             PLUS 16.8 DEGREES
PIERRE              34.3 DEGREES             PLUS 16.8 DEGREES
MITCHELL            32.9 DEGREES             PLUS 18.1 DEGREES

ON THIS DATE IN 1915 LOW TEMPERATURES ACROSS NORTHERN SOUTH DAKOTA
FELL INTO THE 30 BELOW TO 35 BELOW ZERO RANGE. LOW TEMPERATURES FROM
THAT MORNING INCLUDE...

29 BELOW ZERO AT WATERTOWN
30 BELOW ZERO AT HIGHMORE
31 BELOW ZERO AT REDFIELD
34 BELOW ZERO AT ABERDEEN
35 BELOW ZERO AT CAMP CROOK

ON THIS DATE IN 1944 SNOW BEGAN TO FALL ACROSS THE WESTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA AND CONTINUED INTO THE NEXT DAY. SNOW TOTALS INCLUDE...

6 INCHES AT MOBRIDGE
12 INCHES AT HOT SPRINGS
13 INCHES AT NEWELL
14 INCHES AT PINE RIDGE AND RAPID CITY
15.2 INCHES AT DUPREE
22 INCHES AT LEAD

$$
SHEEHAN


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