St. Patrick's Day Climate Information

The following tables show the climate information for Rapid City, Lead, Gillette, Winner, and Lemmon on St. Patrick’s Day, as well as the weather at the Rapid City Airport for the past 10 St. Patrick’s Days. Average highs around the area on March 17th are in the 40s, with average lows in the 20s. Last year was cooler than record-breaking 2012; temperatures around the area were closer to average. It was also rainy and snowy, and there were 7 inches of snow on the ground at the Rapid City Airport.

Temperature (F)

Rapid City*

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Highest

78 (2012)

69 (2012)

91 (1916)

85 (2012)

78 (2012)

Lowest

-8 (1902)

-12 (1965)

-10 (1943)

0 (1943)

-8 (1965)

Average High

47

44

48

48

44

Average Low

23

24

24

24

21

Precipitation (in.)

Rapid City

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Max Precip.

0.70 (1971)

0.60 (1971)

0.70 (2003)

1.40 (1987)

0.54 (1982)

Days Measured Precip.

39 times or 31%

45 times or 43%

28 times or 25%

17 times or 17%

17 times or 16%

Max Snowfall

6.8 (1971)

8.0 (1971)

6.2 (1989)

5.0 (1987)

4.0 (1982)

Days Measured Snow

31 times or 25%

37 times or 36%

19 times or 17%

7 times or 7%

9 times or 9%

Max Snow Depth

15 (1963)

34 (1998)

6 (2002)

15 (1962)

13 (1944)

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. Average highs and lows were calculated based on averaging those of the three different sites.

Weather at the Rapid City Airport on the Last 10 St. Patrick’s Days

Year

High Temperature

(F)

Low Temperature

(F)

Average Temperature

(F)

Precipitation

(in.)

Snowfall

(in.)

Snow Depth

(in.)

2013

48

19

33.5

0.04

T

7

2012

79

42

60.5

0.00

0.0

0

2011

53

34

43.5

0.02

0.0

0

2010

70

27

48.5

0.00

0.0

0

2009

53

29

41.0

0.00

0.0

0

2008

51

21

36.0

0.00

0.0

1

2007

64

31

47.5

0.00

0.0

0

2006

35

13

24.0

0.00

0.0

4

2005

40

25

32.5

Trace

Trace

0

2004

59

35

47.0

0.09

Missing

Missing

 


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