12 Days of Below Normal Temperatures...and Still Counting

Temperatures across Eastern South Dakota...Southwest Minnesota...and Northwest Iowa have been below normal since the 27th of January...when the first batch of arctic air plunged into the area. Normally by this time of year...daily averages begin climbing into the teens or lower 20s. However...this year they have been holding mostly in the single digits above zero. Daily average temperatures are forecast to remain below normal through at least early next week. The following table summarizes some of the temperature statistics for the period of January 27th through February 7th.

Location       Average Today Normal Average Departure February Average Departure January 27th -31st Average Departure Average 12 Day Departure
Sioux Falls 4 18 -14 -13.4 -9.0 -11.6
Huron 2 18 -16 -16.6 -8.8 -13.3
Mitchell 6 19 -13 -13.7 -7.2 -11.0
Sioux City 9 23 -14 -16.6 -11.8 -14.6
Aberdeen 0 16 -16 -18.3 -10.4 -15.0
Sisseton -5 16 -21 -18.4 -4.4 -12.6
Watertown 3 14 -11 -15.7 -6.8 -12.0
Mobridge 4 18 -14 -15.9 -7.2 -12.3
Pierre 9 22 -13 -12.3 -5.2 -9.3
            Overall Average
            -12.4



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