All-Time High Temperature for South Dakota Tied on July 15, 2006

A high temperature of 120 degrees was recorded on Saturday, July 15 at a National Weather Service cooperative weather observing station 8 miles west-northwest of Usta in Perkins county, or 20 miles northwest of Faith. This temperature ties the all-time record high temperature for the state of South Dakota, which was set July 5, 1936 at Gann Valley.

The picture below is the observer, Patty Kelly, at the temperature sensor.

NWS Cooperative Observer Patty Kelly at the temperature sensor

Several other locations across western and central South Dakota also set all-time record high temperatures on July 15. They include:

Location            New Record High   Previous Record and Date Set
Cottonwood 2E           117           116 on 7/20/1910
Philip                  116           113 on 8/26/1970        
Milesville 5NE          116           115 on 7/24/1952
Interior 3NE/Badlands National Park
                        114           111 7/6/1973
Rapid City Airport      111           110 on 7/8/1989 and 7/6/1973
Pine Ridge              111           108 on 7/25/2003 and 7/31/2002
Spearfish               109           106 on 7/9/1954
Fort Meade/Sturgis      108           107 last set on 7/16/2005
Pactola Reservoir       101           100 on 7/9/1989
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