It could be a lot worse this time of year!

 

...PAST AUTUMN SNOWSTORMS IN SIOUX FALLS...

 

SIGNIFICANT SNOWS HAVE OCCURRED FAIRLY FREQUENTLY IN NOVEMBER

AND OCCASIONALLY IN OCTOBER IN PAST HISTORY IN THE SIOUX

FALLS AREA.

 

THE HEAVIEST SNOWSTORM IN OCTOBER/NOVEMBER HISTORY WAS THE

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SNOWSTORM OF NOVEMBER 27/28 IN 1983 IN

WHICH UP TO 15 INCHES OF SNOWFALL ALONG WITH THUNDER AND

LIGHTNING OCCURRED IN THE SIOUX FALLS AREA BUT WITH THE

AIRPORT ONLY MEASURING 11.4 INCHES.  A SIMILAR STORM TO THIS

WAS THE WET BLIZZARD OF NOVEMBER 10TH 1998...ALSO STARTING

WITH THUNDER AND LIGHTNING...AND OFFICIALLY DUMPING

12.6 INCHES OF SNOW.

 

THIRD AND FOURTH PLACES GO TO THE FAMOUS HALLOWEEN SNOWSTORM

OF OCT. 31ST/ NOV. 1ST IN 1991 IN WHICH 12.1 INCHES FELL

FOLLOWED BY BLIZZARD CONDITIONS...AND THE LATE NOVEMBER 2001

STORM OF THE 26-27TH WITH A STORM TOTAL OF 12.6 INCHES OF

HEAVY WET SNOW.

 

THE HALLOWEEN SNOWSTORM OF 1991 TOOK THE PRIZE FOR THE

HEAVIEST SNOW SO EARLY IN THE SEASON FOR SIOUX FALLS.  THE

EARLIEST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1893

WAS 5.1 INCHES ON OCTOBER 8/9 IN 1970.

 

IT SHOULD BE MENTIONED ONE OF THE WORST WINTER STORMS IN

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER HISTORY WAS NOT A SNOWSTORM BUT AN ICESTORM.

ON NOVEMBER 15TH/16TH 1996 BETWEEN 2 AND 3 INCHES OF FREEZING

RAIN...SLEET...AND SOME SNOW OCCURRED IN THE SIOUX FALLS

AREA...CAUSING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SIGNIFICANT OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER

SNOWFALLS OF THE PAST IN SIOUX FALLS...

 

  DATE        AIRPORT SNOWFALL       COMMENTS

            ...INCHES IN 24 HRS

 

SEP 18 1929          TRACE      EARLIEST SNOWFLAKES

 

SEP 25 1939            .3       EARLIEST MEASURABLE SNOWFALL

 

SEP 28 1985            .9       NEXT EARLIEST MEASURABLE

                                SNOWFALL...UP TO 18 INCHES

                                OF SNOW REPORTED IN TRIPP

                                COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL

                                SOUTH DAKOTA WITH THIS SYSTEM

OCT 1 1999            2.7

 

OCT 8/9 1970          5.0

 

OCT 17/18 1898        6.1

 

OCT 19 1982           3.3       5.5 INCHES MEASURED IN

                                SOUTHERN SIOUX FALLS WITH

                                UP TO 12 INCHES SNOW IN THE

                                NEWTON HILLS 25 MILES SOUTH

                                OF SIOUX FALLS

OCT 20 1905           5.0

 

OCT 26 1918           4.0

 

OCT 28 1925           4.5

 

OCT 31/NOV 1 1991    11.2      12.1 INCHES STORM TOTAL...

                               HEAVIEST SNOW SO EARLY

                               IN SEASON

 

NOV 1 1928            5.0

 

NOV 2 1992            2.8      4.1 INCHES TOTAL NOV 1-3

 

NOV 3 1990            4.6

 

NOV 7 1924            5.5

 

NOV 8 1985            8.0      2ND HEAVIEST SNOW SO EARLY

 

NOV 8/9 1977          5.6      6.1 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 9 1932            5.0

 

NOV 9/10 1946         7.9

 

NOV 9/10 1896         6.0     7.8 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 10 1998          12.6     13.4 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 11/12 2000        5.7

 

NOV 12 1959           7.5

 

NOV 14/15 1947        6.4     7.0 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 14/15 1926        5.0

 

NOV 15/16 2000        5.3

 

NOV 18/19 1948        9.1     11.8 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 19/20 1975        9.2

 

NOV 21 1909           6.0     7.0 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 21/22 1979       11.8

 

NOV 24/25 1993        7.5

 

NOV 26/27 2001       12.1     12.6 INCHES STORM TOTAL

 

NOV 27 1994           9.6

 

NOV 27/28 1983       11.0     15.0 INCHES IN SOUTHERN

                              SIOUX FALLS

 

NOV 28/29 2005        5.9     ICE STORM AND BLIZZARD JUST WEST

                              OF SIOUX FALLS

 

NOV 30 1954           7.6

 

NOV 30 2005           6.6

 

NOV 30/DEC 1 1981     7.0     9.0 INCHES IN SOUTHERN SIOUX FALLS

 

 

RYRHOLM 10/17/2008

 

 



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