Jumping a Season...in less than a week!

 Less than a week ago, much of the area was digging out of an early spring snowstorm, which brought 6 to 9 inches snowfall to areas of eastern South Dakota, Southwest Minnesota, and Northwest Iowa.  This resulted in highs in the 30s and 40s...more typical of 4 to 6 weeks earlier in the year.  Now, after a quick warmup and melting of snow, temperatures surged as much as 40 to 50 degrees warmer than those highs from a week ago this afternoon, ahead of a frontal zone moving southeast across the area. 

 Graphic showing high temperatures for the afternoon of 4/16/07

Here are the high temperatures for locations on the map above, as well as some facts about some of these very warm temperatures...

Location High Temperature Interesting Facts
Sioux City, IA 82 Second warmest this year (84 - Mar. 26), normal for June 11
Storm Lake, IA 81  normal for June 20
Cherokee, IA 81  normal for June 12
Sheldon, IA 81  normal for June 23
Vermillion, SD 80  Warmest of the spring (77 - Mar .26), normal for May 29
Norfolk, NE 80  
Wakefield, NE 79  tied warmest for year (79 - Mar. 26), normal for May 28
Orange City, IA 79  normal for May 25
Spencer, IA 79  Second warmest this year (82 - Mar. 26), normal for June 7
Estherville, IA 78  
Jackson, MN 77  
Windom, MN 77  
Redwood Falls, MN 77  second warmest this year (82 - Mar. 26)
Sioux Falls, SD 76 Warmest Day of the Spring (75 - Mar. 26), normal for May 29
Menno, SD 76  Warmest Day of the year (73 - Mar. 12)
Worthington, MN 75  normal for May 31,  snow depth on 4/12 was 7 inches!!
Fairmont, MN 75  
Yankton, SD 75  normal for May 22
Mitchell, SD 75  
Tracy, MN 73  
Pipestone, MN 73  normal for May 25
Forestburg, SD 73  normal for May 16
Marshall, MN 72  
O’Neill, NE 72  
Brookings, SD 70  
Huron, SD 70  normal for May 14
Chamberlain, SD 70  
Winner, SD 69  

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