National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

February 2014 was a very cold month across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  Average monthly temperatures were from 9 to 11 degrees below normal with top fifteen coldest February rankings for all locations.  Wheaton had its third coldest February on record with Sisseton ranking ninth coldest.  Locations in central South Dakota had a few fairly warm days with highs for the month in the middle 50s to the lower 60s. Pierre rose to 56 degrees on the 19th while Kennebec rose to 63 degrees also on the 19th.

The eastern part of the region had a dry February with only 1 to 2 inches of snowfall or a quarter to a half inch below normal water equivalent.  Locations in central and north central South Dakota were not far off their normal for precipitation, except for Kennebec.  Seven to 10 inches of snowfall occurred in February with around a quarter to half inch water equivalent.

February 2014

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature / Date

43 / 19th

45 / 19th

39 / 19th

39 / 19th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-20 / 19th

-14 / 10th,27th

-16 / 27th,28th

-22 / 10th

Average High / Departure from Normal

18.7 / -9.2

19.2 / -8.3

16.0 / -9.1

17.4 / -9.9

Average Low / Departure from Normal

-5.4 / -12.6

-0.2 / -8.9

-4.6 / -9.9

-3.8 / -11.6

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

6.6 / -11.0

9.5 / -8.6

5.7 / -9.5

6.8 / -10.7

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.16 / -0.39

0.12 / -0.31

0.12 / -0.49

0.13 / -0.43

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

1.5 / -5.3

1.7 / -6.7

1.2 / -6.9

1.3 / -6.1

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.10 / 24th

0.07 / 17th

0.10 / 17th

0.05 / 24th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

1.0 / 11th

0.9 / 17th

1.0 / 17th

0.5 / 24th

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature / Date

56 / 19th

63 / 19th

46 / 19th

43 / 19th

Coldest Temperature / Date

-19 / 7th

-21 / 7th

-19 / 10th

-19 / 6th

Average High / Departure from Normal

26.4 / -8.5

30.1 / -6.8

22.1 / -9.1

22.0 / -10.4

Average Low / Departure from Normal

3.4 / -10.4

3.2 / -10.9

-1.4 / -11.5

0.0 / -12.1

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

14.9 / -9.4

16.7 / -8.8

10.4 / -10.3

11.0 / -11.3

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.43 / -0.16

0.24 / -0.24

0.43 / -0.01

0.57 / -0.02

Monthly Snowfall / Departure from Normal

7.2 / +1.3

6.5 / +0.4

9.9 / +3.8

6.9 / +0.2

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.12 / 24th

0.12 / 24th

0.16 / 13th

0.23 / 14th

Most Snow in 24 hours / Date

3.7 / 24th

5.0 / 24th

4.2 / 13th

2.8 / 14th