November 2008 Climatic Summary

November temperatures were mild, averaging 4 to 5 degrees above normal. All reporting locations reported above normal temperatures. Gillette 4SE in northeast Wyoming was the warm spot averaging 7.6 degrees above normal. The cold spot was Faith where temperatures averaged 1.0 degrees above normal.
November was a very wet month over all but southwest South Dakota. Precipitation averaged 220 to240 percent of normal over all but southwest South Dakota and the southern Black Hills, where precipitation was only 15 to 25 percent of normal. The wettest areas were across the northern Black Hills and northwest South Dakota where precipitation averaged 350 to 450 percent of normal. The driest areas were across southwest South Dakota and the southern Black Hills where precipitation was 15 to 25 percent of normal. The wet spot was in Red Owl where precipitation was 584 percent of normal, while Wind Cave National Park was the dry spot with only 8 percent of normal precipitation. The precipitation surplus for the month averaged 1.02 inches.
Snowfall in November was well above normal across the northern Black Hills, Bear Lodge Mountains and northwest and central South Dakota. Across the plains of northeast Wyoming and over southwest and south central South Dakota snowfall was below normal. Snowfall averaged 3 to 5 feet across the northern Black Hills, with 1 to 2 feet common across the Bear Lodge Mountains and northwest South Dakota. On the northeast Wyoming plains, the southern and central Black Hills, and in central and south central South Dakota snowfall was generally 2 to 6 inches, with little or no snow in southwest South Dakota.
 
November storm summary...
 
On November 5 and 6, a record setting blizzard struck western South Dakota. Over the northern Black Hills 40 to 60 inches of snow fell with Lead reporting 54 inches and 45 inches at Deadwood 2NE. On the plains of western South Dakota 10 to 20 inches was reported over northwestern South Dakota with 4 to 10 inches elsewhere…except in
southwestern South Dakota where little or no snow fell. In northeast Wyoming 1 to 3 inches fell in Campbell county with 4 to 12 inches over Weston and Crook counties. The Bear Lodge mountains saw 12 to 24 inches of snow.
 
On November 12 through 14…an upper level storm system brought 8 to 14 inches of snow to northeast Wyoming and 4 to 8 inches of snow to the northern Black Hills.
Little or no snow fell on the South Dakota plains.
 
On November 21 and 22…an upper level storm system brought 2 to 5 inches of snow to northwestern South Dakota.

 LOCAL EXTREMES

Temperature Data

Rapid City

 

Lead

 

Gillette

 

 

Temperature

Date

Temperature

Date

Temperature 

Date

Maximum Temperature

79 degrees

2nd, 18th

69 degrees

2nd

73 degrees

2nd

Minimum Temperature

15 degrees

9th, 20th

13 degrees

20th

15 degress

20th

Precipitation Data

Rapid City

 

Lead

 

Gillette

 

Monthly Data

Amount

Data

Amount

Date

Amount

Date

Precipitation

1.02 inches

 

5.58 inches

 

0.37 inches

 

Snowfall

9.0 inches

 

61.7 inches

 

2.1 inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Precipitation

0.62 inches

6th

3.16 inches

6th

0.18 inches

13th

Maximum Snowfall

9.0 inches

6th

45.1 inches

6th

1.0 inches

6th, 21st

REGIONAL EXTREMES

Temperature Data

 

Western South Dakota

 

 

Northeastern Wyoming

 

 

Temperature

Site

Date

Temperature

Site

Date

Maximum Temperature

  85 degrees   85 degrees

Cedar Butte Porcupine 11N

3rd  

75 degrees    

 Dillinger     Newcastle

      2nd        3rd

Minimum Temperature

3 degrees

Medicine Mtn.

21st

3 degrees

Upton 14ENE

15th

Precipitation Data

 

Western South Dakota

 

 

Northeastern Wyoming

 

Monthly Data

Amount

Site

Date

Amount

Site

Date

Maximum Precipitation

5.58 inches

Lead

 

2.09 inches

Sundance

 

Minimum Precipitation

0.05 inches

Wind Cave NP

 

0.37 inches

Gillette 4SE

 

Maximum Snowfall

61.7 inches

Lead

 

14.5 inches

Upton 14ENE

 

Minimum Snowfall

0.0 inches

Hot Springs

 

1.5 inches

Wright 12W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Precipitation

3.16 inches

Lead

6th

1.10 inches

Sundance

6th

Maximum Snowfall

45.1 inches

Lead

6th

8.2 inches

Sundance

6th

 MONTHLY RECORDS

LOCATION

DATE

NEW RECORD

OLD RECORD

DATE

Bison

November

2.36 inches of rainfall

2.29 inches of rainfall

1970

Bison

November

18.0 inches of snowfall

15.5 inches of snowfall

1985

Bison

11/06/2008

1.43 inches ofrainfall

1.18 inches of rainfall

11/08/1944

Bison

11/06/2008

13.0 inches of snowfall

6.0 inches of snowfall

11/23/2003

Camp Crook

11/06/2008

12.0 inches of snowfall

12.0 inches of snowfall

11/07/1945

Faith

November

2.00 inches of rainfall

1.90 inches of rainfall 

1985

Fort Meade

11/06/2008

20.0 inches of snowfall

13.8 inches of snowfall

11/27/1989

 Interior 3NE

November

2.34 inches of rainfall

1.98 inches of rainfall

06/22/1905

Interior 3NE

11/06/2008

1.53 inches of rainfall

1.19 inches of rainfall

11/08/1977

Lead

11/06/2008

45.1 inches ofsnowfall

31.9 inches of snowfall

11/01/2000

Lemmon

11/06/2008

11.0 inches of snowfall

11.0 inches of snowfall

11/9/1986

Maurine 12SW

11/06/2008

2.07 inches of rainfall

1.25 inches of rainfall

11/01/2000

Milesville 5NE

November

2.33 inches of rainfall

1.90 inches of rainfall 

1977

Milesville 5NE

11/05/2008

0.87 inches of rainfall

0.84 inchess of rainfall

11/08/1977

Newell

November

2.53 inches of rainfall

1.81 inches of rainfall

2000

Newell

11/06/2008

2.10 inches of rainfall

1.40 inches of rainfall

11/01/2000

Newell

11/06/2008

18.0 inches of snowfall

8.0 inches of snowfall

11/9/1985

Redig 11N

11/06/2008

15.0 inches of snowfall

9.0 inches of snowfall

11/7/1986

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