Snowy February in Rapid City

March 1, 2011 - February 2011 had the second highest February snowfall at both the Rapid City Regional Airport and downtown Rapid City.

The Rapid City Regional Airport received 22.9 inches of snow during the month which is 16.6 inches above the normal snowfall of 6.3 inches. The record February snowfall is 23.7 inches in 1953. The liquid precipitation of 1.16 inches is the fourth highest for February.

Downtown Rapid City’s 21.5 inches of snow is 15.2 inches above the normal snowfall of 6.3 inches. The record February snowfall is 22.0 inches set in 2001. The National Weather Service also measured 1.16 inches of precipitation and is also the fourth highest for February.

Temperatures were also cold during the month. The Rapid City Regional Airport had an average temperature of 19.3 degrees which is 8.0 degrees below average, and tied with 1966 as the ninth coldest February. Just a year ago, February was almost as cold. 2010 was the 13th coldest February with an average temperature of 20.2 degrees. The coldest February is 1989 with an average temperature of 14.4 degrees.

Downtown Rapid City’s average February temperature was 21.9 degrees which is 6.5 degrees below normal. February 1936 was the coldest on record—and the coldest of any month—with an average temperature of only 0.2 degrees.



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