New precipitation records for May and the wettest month set

New Records:

At Newcastle, 8.29 inches of rain fell making May 2011 the wettest May on record. This shatters the old record of 6.00 inches in 1991. It was also the wettest month on record, shattering the old record of 6.35 inches in June 1999. Precipitation records in Newcastle date back to 1906.

At Camp Crook, 7.26 inches of rain fell making May 2011 the wettest May on record. This broke the previous record of 6.93 inches that fell in May 1982. It was also the wettest month ever recorded in Camp Crook, breaking the previous record of 7.18 inches in June of 1941. Precipitation records in Camp Crook date back to 1893.

Other locations around western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming reported significant precipitation amounts:

National Weather Service in East Rapid City received 8.24 inches of rain in May. This is the 3rd wettest May on record and the 5th wettest month.

Rapid City Airport received 5.88 inches of rain in May. This was the 8th wettest May.

Opal/Maurine 12 SW received 6.02 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 6th wettest May.

Ft. Meade/Sturgis received 9.34 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 3rd wettest May and the 4th wettest month.

Pactola Dam received 7.61 inches of precipitation in May. This is the 7th wettest May on record.

Gillette received 7.04 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 4th wettest May on record and the 7th wettest month.

Mount Rushmore received 9.16 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 3rd wettest May on record and the 5th wettest month.

Hot Springs received 5.87 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 9th wettest May on record.

Bison received 4.56 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 10th wettest May on record.

Sundance received 5.40 inches of precipitation in May. This was the 8th wettest May on record.

Precipitation records for selected locations across western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming are available on the local climate web page.

 


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