January 2006 is warmest on record across South Dakota...and this date in 1917 had frigid temperatures

WEATHER SUMMARY FOR SOUTH DAKOTA
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
815 PM CST WED FEB 1 2006

THE MILD WINTER OF 2005-6 CONTINUED INTO FEBRUARY WITH TEMPERATURES
SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. CLOUDINESS OVER WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
WEDNESDAY MORNING SPREAD OVER CENTRAL AND EASTERN SECTIONS OF THE
STATE DURING THE AFTERNOON...WITH SOME CLEARING OVER THE NORTHWEST.
AFTER 4 PM MST SCATTERED SHOWERS AND EVEN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS
MOVED INTO FAR NORTHWEST SOUTH DAKOTA...PRODUCING A WIND GUST TO 56
MPH AT 438 PM MST IN BUFFALO. BECAUSE OF DRY CONDITIONS NEAR THE
SURFACE...LITTLE IF ANY RAIN FELL.

AFTERNOON HIGH TEMPERATURES VARIED FROM THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S
ACROSS THE NORTHEAST...THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S NORTH CENTRAL
THROUGH EAST CENTRAL AND BLACK HILLS...AND FROM THE MIDDLE 40S TO
AROUND 50 DEGREES ACROSS THE WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PRAIRIES. WINNER
WAS THE WARMEST WITH A HIGH OF 54 DEGREES.

AFTERNOON WINDS WERE SOUTHERLY AT 5 TO 15 MPH ACROSS THE EAST AND
FROM THE WEST OR SOUTHWEST AT 5 TO 15 MPH ACROSS THE WEST. SOUTHWEST
AND WEST WINDS WERE STRONGER...15 TO 25 MPH...AT BUFFALO.

AT 8 PM CST LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS WERE SCATTERED OVER WESTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA...EAST AND SOUTH OF FAITH AND SOUTH OF PHILIP. SKIES WERE
MOSTLY CLEAR OVER THE SOUTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL...WITH MOSTLY
CLOUDY SKIES ELSEWHERE. TEMPERATURES HAD COOLED INTO THE LOWER 30S
ACROSS THE NORTHEAST AND BLACK HILLS...WITH THE REMAINDER OF THE
RUSHMORE STATE IN THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 30S. EXTREMES WERE FROM 27
DEGREES AT SISSETON TO 42 DEGREES AT WINNER. WINDS WERE FROM THE
SOUTH OR SOUTHEAST AT 6 TO 12 MPH ACROSS THE EAST...LIGHT SOUTHWEST
ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND FROM THE WEST AND NORTHWEST AT 5 TO 15
MPH ACROSS THE WEST.

JANUARY 2006 WILL GO DOWN AS THE WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD IN SOUTH
DAKOTA...WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FROM 14 TO 18.5 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. THE EXCEPTION TO THE WARMEST JANUARY WAS LIMITED TO FAR
NORTHEAST SOUTH DAKOTA WHERE SNOW COVER MUCH OF THE MONTH HELD
TEMPERATURES DOWN. STATISTICS FOR SOUTH DAKOTA CITIES AND SIOUX CITY
IOWA INCLUDE...

                           AVERAGE JANUARY      DEPARTURE FROM  PREVIOUS WARMEST
                             TEMPERATURE                     NORMAL                    JANUARY
 
RAPID CITY     36.4 DEGREES    + 14.0 DEGREES   34.9 IN 1919
SISSETON       26.1 DEGREES    + 14.7 DEGREES   ++
SIOUX CITY     33.5 DEGREES    + 14.9 DEGREES   31.5 IN 1933
WATERTOWN      25.3 DEGREES    + 15.3 DEGREES   ++
ABERDEEN       27.1 DEGREES    + 16.1 DEGREES   26.2 IN 1931
MOBRIDGE       30.1 DEGREES    + 16.4 DEGREES   27.0 IN 1919
HURON          31.0 DEGREES    + 16.8 DEGREES   28.2 IN 1990
SIOUX FALLS    31.1 DEGREES    + 17.1 DEGREES   28.2 IN 1990
PIERRE         35.1 DEGREES    + 17.3 DEGREES   30.9 IN 1990
MITCHELL       33.6 DEGREES    + 18.5 DEGREES   30.1 IN 1990

++ DID NOT HAVE WARMEST JANUARY

NOT MUCH SNOW FELL DURING JANUARY 2006 WITH LESS THAN TWO INCHES AT
MOST LOCATIONS. 0.7 INCHES FELL AT SIOUX FALLS AND ONLY A TRACE OF
SNOWFALL FOR THE MONTH AT RAPID CITY.

THIS DATE IN 1917 WAS FRIGID ACROSS SOUTH DAKOTA WITH MANY LOCATIONS
REPORTING LOWS BETWEEN 25 BELOW AND 35 BELOW ZERO. LOW TEMPERATURES
FROM THAT MORNING INCLUDE...

27 BELOW ZERO AT VERMILLION
28 BELOW ZERO AT ACADEMY AND PIERRE
29 BELOW ZERO AT LEAD
30 BELOW ZERO AT ARMOUR...MITCHELL AND WOOD
31 BELOW ZERO AT HOT SPRINGS
32 BELOW ZERO AT ABERDEEN...CENTERVILLE...FORESTBURG...HURON AND
   SIOUX FALLS
33 BELOW ZERO AT BROOKINGS
34 BELOW ZERO AT REDFIELD
35 BELOW ZERO AT HIGHMORE
36 BELOW ZERO AT LEMMON AND NEWELL
37 BELOW ZERO AT CAMP CROOK


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SHEEHAN



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