National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

October was a warmer and drier than normal month across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  Average monthly temperatures were from 2 to 3 degrees above normal across the region.  This was the second month in a row with near to above normal temperatures which ended the below normal temperature trend since September 2013.  The dryness from September 2014 also continued across the region throughout October with only a quarter to just over a half inch of rainfall for the month.  These rainfall amounts were from 1 to nearly 2 inches below normal.  With the dry weather, drought conditions expanded across much of northeast South Dakota and had become moderate over part of the area.

 

 OCTOBER 2014

       

Temperature Data

Aberdeen

Sisseton

Wheaton

Watertown

Warmest Temperature / Date

80 / 21st, 24th

77 / 24th

76 / 25th

74 / 21st, 24th

Coldest Temperature / Date

12 / 31st

16 / 31st

17 / 31st

14 / 31st 

Average High / Departure from Normal

62.6 / +5.0

60.9 / +3.7

59.5 / +2.6

59.4 / +3.0

Average Low / Departure from Normal

34.3 / +1.6

36.0 / +0.5

36.8 / +2.3

35.5 / +1.0

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

48.4 / +3.2

48.5 / +2.2

48.2 / +2.5

47.4 / +1.9

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.26 / -1.73

0.35 / -1.73

0.53 / -1.64

0.61 / -1.31

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.12 / 12th 

0.17 / 27-28th

0.16 / 23rd

0.29 / 27th

         

Temperature Data

Pierre

Kennebec

Mobridge

Timber Lake

Warmest Temperature / Date

86 / 15th

82 / 15th, 21st

86 / 21st

80 / 21st

Coldest Temperature / Date

14 / 31st

8 / 31st

18 / 31st

21 / 29th

Average High / Departure from Normal

65.7 / +4.7

69.5 / +5.7

64.2 / +4.4

61.9 / +2.4

Average Low / Departure from Normal

36.7 / +0.3

36.4 / +0.4

37.4 / +2.8

37.7 / +2.7

Monthly Average / Departure from Normal

51.2 / +2.5

53.0 / +3.1

50.8 / +3.6

49.8 / +2.5

Precipitation Data

       

Monthly Precipitation / Departure from Normal

0.30 / -1.35

0.20 / -1.34

0.56 / -0.94

0.56 / -1.00

Most Precipitation in 24 hours / Date

0.15 / 12th

0.08 / 22nd

0.44 / 11th-12th

0.35 / 12th