Independence Day Climate Information

The following tables show the climate information for Rapid City, Lead, Gillette, Winner and Lemmon on Independence Day, as well as the weather at the Rapid City Airport for the past 10 Independence Days. Average highs around the area on July 4th are in the 80s, with upper 70s in the Black Hills. The past 10 Independence Days have been fairly dry at the Rapid City Airport, except for 2004, when more than an inch of rain was measured. Last July 4th in Rapid City, temperatures were above average and sunny skies prevailed.  

Temperature (F)

Rapid City*

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Highest

106 in 1989

97 in 1936

100 in 1989, 1937, 1936

111 in 1936

102 in 1989

Lowest

42 in 1915

34 in 1915

36 in 1972

40 in 1915

42 in 1972

Average High

85

77

84

87

84

Average Low

56

54

54

62

57

Precipitation (in.)

Rapid City

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Max Precip.

2.08 in 1912

2.00 in 1958

0.67 in 1979, 1909

1.13 in 1912

1.22 in 1977

Days Measured Precip.

36 times or 29%

35 times or 34%

20 times or 18%

30 times or 30%

25 times or 25%

Year Records Began

1888

1909

1902

1910

1909

*Data for Rapid City was compiled from the office’s three locations: the original downtown Weather Bureau Office (WBO) data goes from 1888-1942; the office moved to the airport in 1942, and relocated to East Rapid City in 1995.

Weather at the Rapid City Airport for the last 10 Independence Days

Year

High Temperature (F)

Low Temperature (F)

Average Temperature

(F)

Precipitation

(in.)

2011

88

65

76.5

0.00

2010

70

54

62.0

0.08

2009

76

54

65.0

Trace

2008

87

51

69.0

0.00

2007

96

61

78.5

0.00

2006

80

61

70.5

0.00

2005

84

51

67.5

0.00

2004

83

54

68.5

1.21

2003

89

57

73.0

0.16

2002

100

68

84.0

0.03


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