We've had a long, cold winter this year. But how did it rank with previous years? These statistics are for the climatological winter season, which is December 1 through February 28.
At the Rapid City Regional Airport:
The average temperature was 21.2 degrees, which is 4.5 degrees below average. It ranks as 12th coldest winter; the coldest was 13.6 degrees in 1978-79.
Snowfall was 18.2", which is 2.6" above average. The most snow during a winter season was 36.8" in 1970-71.
At the NWS office in downtown Rapid City:
The average temperature was 22.8 degrees, which is 4.7 degrees below average. It ranks as the 19th coldest, with 1935-36 the coldest at 16.0 degrees.
Snowfall was 20.3", which is 2.2" above average and also ranks 19th; the greatest winter season snowfall was 39.9" in 1970-71.
Snowfall for the entire season so far (July 1 - Mar 6) is a different story as a result of the October blizzard:
The Rapid City Regional Airport has had 48.0" of snow, which is 22.9" above average and ties with 1970-71 for third most snow to date, with the greatest snow 60.9" in 1985-86.
The NWS office has measured 53.1" of snow, which is 24.5" above average and the most ever recorded to date, ahead of 51.2" in 2003-04.