Summer 2012 one of the warmest for the Black Hills region

Sep 4, 2012 - Summer 2012 was one of the warmest ever recorded in the Black Hills region. All stations had average temperatures among the ten warmest on record with Mission 14S, Gillette 4SE, and Newcastle setting their warmest average temperatures. Meteorological summer is June 1 through August 31.

The summer season was also drier than normal, but only a few stations measured one of their ten driest seasons. Fort Meade (Sturgis) and Winner set records for their driest summers.

Check this page later for the addition of more stations.

Station

Average Temperature (degrees)

Ranking for Summer

Summer Record (degrees)

SOUTH DAKOTA      
Bison 73.2 3rd 74.2 in 1933
Camp Crook 73.0 4th 76.5 in 2006
Cottonwood 75.1 6th 79.9 in 1936
Fort Meade / Sturgis 74.3 2nd 75.3 in 1988
Hot Springs 74.6 3rd 78.3 in 1936
Interior /  Badlands National Park 78.1 3rd 79.2 in 2006
Lead 68.3 4th 71.5 in 1936
Lemmon 73.0 4th 75.7 in 1936
Maurine 12SW / Opal 73.4 4th 74.2 in 2006
Milesville 75.8 2nd 76.3 in 2006
Mission 14S 74.8 1st previous record 74.5 in 1988
Mount Rushmore 70.4 3rd 72.3 in 1988
Newell 72.7 4th 74.9 in 1936
Oelrichs 74.5 3rd 75.6 in 1933
Pactola 65.1 2nd 66.1 in 1988
Rapid City Airport 73.7 5th 74.7 in 1988
Rapid City NWS 74.8 2nd 76.1 in 1936
Spearfish 72.9 4th 74.9 in 1931
Winner 76.9 6th 79.0 in 1936
       
WYOMING      
Gillette 4SE 73.2 1st previous record 72.3 in 1988
Newcastle 74.9 1st previous record 74.5 in 1988

Station

Precipitation (inches)

Ranking for Summer

Summer Record (inches)

SOUTH DAKOTA      
Fort Meade / Sturgis 2.69 1st previous record 3.00 in 2006 
Hot Springs 3.78 10th 1.44 in 1898
Maurine 12SW / Opal 3.44 2nd 2.48 in 2006
Mission 14S 4.72 8th 3.47 in 1996
Winner 3.09 1st previous record 3.35 in 1970 
       
WYOMING      
Newcastle 2.66 8th  1.76 in 1987



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