Persistent Snow Cover This Winter...Updated thru March 12th

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD
745 PM CST FRI MAR 12 2010

THIS WINTER SEASON OF 2009-2010 HAS SEEN WELL ABOVE NORMAL SNOWFALL
IN THE AREA...SPECIFICALLY AT SIOUX FALLS...SIOUX CITY...AND HURON.
SIOUX CITY HAS ALREADY HAD ITS 7TH SNOWIEST SEASON...AND SIOUX FALLS
AND HURON COULD EASILY REACH INTO THE TOP 10 SNOWIEST SEASONS BEFORE
ITS ALL OVER BY MAY. IN ADDITION...SIOUX CITY TIED ITS RECORD SNOW
DEPTH OF 28 INCHES ON JANUARY 7-10TH OF THIS YEAR. PLEASE REFER TO
PREVIOUS STATEMENTS FOR DETAILS OF THE PREVIOUS RECORDS.

DUE TO THE PERSISTENT WINTER COLD...THE SNOW COVER ENDURED FROM
DECEMBER TO THE PRESENT TIME...BUT HAS RECENTLY MELTED DOWN QUITE
A BIT. FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 5 INCHES AND/OR 10 INCHES SNOW
DEPTH...SIOUX FALLS...SIOUX CITY...AND HURON WERE ALL EITHER 2ND
OR 3RD PLACE IN THE ALL TIME RECORDS FOR PERSISTENT SNOW COVER.

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE MOST RECENT RECORD RANKINGS FOR CONSECUTIVE
DAYS OF AT LEAST ONE INCH...5 INCHES...AND 10 INCHES SNOW DEPTH FOR
SIOUX FALLS...SIOUX CITY...AND HURON. THIS INCLUDES SNOW DEPTH DATA
THROUGH MARCH 12TH 2010...


SIOUX FALLS...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 96 DAYS AND COUNTING FROM DEC 7 2009

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  141 DAYS NOV 7 2000 - MAR 27 2001
2.  125 DAYS NOV 17 1996 - MAR 21 1997
3.  117 DAYS NOV 9 1985 - MAR 5 1986
4.  116 DAYS DEC 13 1968 - APR 7 1969
5.  116 DAYS NOV 27 1955 - MAR 21 1956


SIOUX FALLS...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 5 INCHES OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 80 DAYS FROM DEC 22 2009 - MAR 11 2010...2ND PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  107 DAYS DEC 19 1968 - APR 4 1969
2.   80 DAYS DEC 22 2009 - MAR 11 2010
3.   74 DAYS DEC 15 1996 - MAR 16 1997
4.   63 DAYS JAN 13 1979 - MAR 16 1979
5.   62 DAYS JAN 14 2001 - MAR 16 2001


SIOUX FALLS...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 10 INCHES PLUS SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 71 DAYS FROM DEC 25 2009 - MAR 5 2010...2ND PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  101 DAYS DEC 22 1968 - APR 1 1969
2.   71 DAYS DEC 25 2009 - MAR 5 2010
3.   40 DAYS JAN 19 1979 - FEB 27 1979
4.   38 DAYS DEC 15 1996 - JAN 21 1997
5.   37 DAYS FEB 18 1962 - MAR 26 1962


SIOUX CITY...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 91 DAYS FROM DEC 7 2009 - MAR 7 2010...5TH PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  122 DAYS NOV 17 1978 - MAR 18 1979
2.   99 DAYS DEC 19 1968 - MAR 27 1969
3.   94 DAYS DEC 15 1974 - MAR 18 1975
4.   93 DAYS DEC 28 1959 - MAR 29 1960
5.   91 DAYS DEC 7 2009 - MAR 7 2010


SIOUX CITY...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 5 INCHES OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 87 DAYS FROM DEC 9 2009 - MAR 5 2010..TIED 2ND PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.   91 DAYS DEC 22 1968 - MAR 22 1969
2.   87 DAYS DEC 9 2009 - MAR 5 2010
3.   87 DAYS DEC 20 1978 - MAR 16 1979
4.   74 DAYS JAN 15 1960 - MAR 28 1960
5.   46 DAYS DEC 20 1952 - FEB 3 1953


SIOUX CITY...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 10 INCHES PLUS SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 35 DAYS FROM JAN 25 2010 - FEB 28 2010...2ND PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.   46 DAYS JAN 26 1979 - MAR 12 1979
2.   35 DAYS JAN 25 2010 - FEB 28 2010
3.   32 DAYS FEB 19 1962 - MAR 22 1962
4.   29 DAYS DEC 25 2009 - JAN 22 2010
5.   25 DAYS JAN 23 1982 - FEB 16 1982
     25 DAYS DEC 22 1968 - JAN 15 1969


HURON...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH AN INCH OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 95 DAYS AND COUNTING FROM DEC 8 2009

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  150 DAYS OCT 30 1896 - MAR 28 1897
2.  148 DAYS NOV 7 2000 - APR 3 2001
3.  131 DAYS NOV 16 1996 - MAR 26 1997
4.  120 DAYS NOV 9 1985 - MAR 8 1986
5.  113 DAYS DEC 13 1968 - APR 4 1969
    113 DAYS DEC 7 1951 - MAR 28 1952


HURON...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 5 INCHES OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 74 DAYS FROM DEC 24 2009 - MAR 7 2010...6TH PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.  104 DAYS DEC 19 1968 - APR 1 1969
2.  103 DAYS DEC 14 1996 - MAR 26 1997
3.   83 DAYS JAN 3 1897 - MAR 26 1897
4.   81 DAYS DEC 10 1909 - FEB 28 1910
5.   77 DAYS JAN 14 2001 - MAR 31 2001
6.   74 DAYS DEC 24 2009 - MAR 7 2010


HURON...CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH 10 INCHES OR MORE SNOW DEPTH...

THIS WINTER... 68 DAYS FROM DEC 25 2009 - MAR 2 2010...3RD PLACE

ALL TIME RECORDS...

1.   96 DAYS DEC 14 1996 - MAR 19 1997
2.   76 DAYS JAN 4 1897 - MAR 20 1897
3.   68 DAYS DEC 25 2009 - MAR 2 2010
4.   60 DAYS JAN 27 1969 - MAR 27 1969
5.   59 DAYS JAN 30 2001 - MAR 29 2001


RYRHOLM



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