March 12, 2007 Temperature Records Shattered

The Rapid City Regional Airport and downtown National Weather Service office both set record high temperatures March 12.  The airport reached 82 degrees, breaking the previous record of 68 degrees set in 1979 and tying March’s all-time record high last set March 26, 1993.  The National Weather Service’s new record high was 79 degrees, exceeding the 1933 reading of 71 degrees.

Many other locations around the region also set daily record highs, with some readings setting or tying March records.  They include:

Location              New Record  Old Record/Year 
Western South Dakota 
10 SW Maurine         83          70/1990...New March record...previous record 80 set March 18, 1986
5NE Milesville        83          66/1983...Tied March record high set March 29, 1967
Dupree                81          70/1934
Faith                 81          68/1934
Fort Meade            81          72/1903
Oelrichs              81          80/1995
Winner                81          75/1945
Long Valley           80          71/1979
Spearfish             79          75/1995
Hot Springs           78          72/1933
Camp Crook           76          68/1935
Lemmon                75          64/1945
Mount Rushmore     72          63/1979
Lead                  70          63/1916
Custer                69          64/1995
Northeastern Wyoming 
4SE Gillette          78          71/1916
Devils Tower          77          72/1995
Sundance              77          67/1916...tied March record high set March 31, 2004
Newcastle             76          73/1995

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