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Winter 2013 – 2014 Review

December through February of 2013-2014 went down as one of the coldest periods on record across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota.  The average winter temperatures were only in the single digits or from 5 to 10 degrees below normal.  Aberdeen, Watertown, Sisseton, and Wheaton, Minnesota all ranked in the top ten coldest winters on record.   This winter paled in comparison to the frigid winter of 1935-36 when the average temperatures were from 5 to 7 degrees colder.  Last winter also consisted of many days with strong winds which brought bitter cold wind chills along with widespread blowing snow.

Aberdeen, SD:  (1893 – 2014)

Coldest

1935 – 1936

2.2

Warmest

1930 – 1931

27.8

Last Year

2013 – 2014

7.4

Normal

1980 – 2010

15.1

·         Aberdeen had their fourth coldest December on record with an average temperature of 6.5 degrees.

·         Aberdeen had an average temperature of 6.6 degrees in February tying for the 13th coldest on record.

·         Aberdeen had 66 days with low temperatures below zero.

·         Overall, Aberdeen had their 8th coldest winter on record.

·         Despite the cold winter, Aberdeen had high temperatures of 32 degrees or above for 11 straight days from January 10th to January 20th with a total of 16 days for the entire month.  January 1919 had the most days of 32 degrees or warmer with 24 days.

·         Last winter, Aberdeen measured 32.7 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 38.1 inches.

Watertown, SD:  (1893 – 2014)

Coldest

1935 – 1936

2.6

Warmest

1930 – 1931

26.6

Last Year

2013 – 2014

7.8

Normal

1980 – 2010

15.1

·         Watertown had their fourth coldest December on record with an average temperature of 7.9 degrees.

·         Watertown had an average temperature of 6.8 degrees in February which was the 14th coldest on record.

·         Overall, Watertown had their 7th coldest winter on record.

·         Watertown had 13 days in January with high temperatures of 32 degrees or warmer.  January 1990 had the most days of 32 degrees or warmer with 23 days.

·         Last winter, Watertown measured 28.2 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 35.9 inches.

 

Sisseton, SD:  (1900 – 2014)

Coldest

1935 – 1936

2.8

Warmest

1986 – 1987

26.8

Last Year

2013 – 2014

9.4

Normal

1980 – 2010

15.1

·         Sisseton had their second coldest December on record with an average temperature of 8.4 degrees. 

·         Sisseton had an average temperature of 9.5 degrees in February which was the 9th coldest on record.

·         Overall, Sisseton had their 6th coldest winter on record.

·         Sisseton had 13 days in January with high temperatures of 32 degrees or warmer.  January 1942 had the most days of 32 degrees or warmer with 21 days.

·         Last winter, Sisseton measured 37.8 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 45.5 inches.

 

Wheaton, MN:  (1914 – 2014)

Coldest

1916 – 1917

4.7

Warmest

1986 – 1987

26.8

Last Year

2013 – 2014

6.4

Normal

1980 – 2010

15.1

·         Wheaton tied for the third coldest December on record with an average temperature of 6.9 degrees. 

·         Wheaton had an average temperature of 5.7 degrees in February which was the 3rd coldest on record.

·         Overall, Wheaton had their 3rd coldest winter on record.

·         Last winter, Wheaton measured 28.0 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 43.3 inches.

 

Pierre, SD:  (1933 – 2014)

Coldest

1978 – 1979

9.8

Warmest

1991 – 1992

30.2

Last Year

2013 – 2014

16.2

Normal

1980 – 2010

22.0

·         Pierre had their fifth coldest December on record with an average temperature of 13.2 degrees.

·         Pierre had an average temperature of 14.9 degrees in February tying for the 14th coldest on record.

·         Overall, Pierre had their 18th coldest winter on record.

·         Pierre had 19 days in January with high temperatures of 32 degrees or warmer.  January 2006 had the most days of 32 degrees or warmer with 30 days.

·         Last winter, Pierre measured 34.6 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 31.9 inches.

 

Mobridge, SD:  (1910 – 2014)

Coldest

1935 – 1936  

4.8

Warmest

1930 – 1931

27.3

Last Year

2013 – 2014

12.2

Normal

1980 – 2010

18.4

·         Mobridge had their tenth coldest December on record with an average temperature of 10.3 degrees.

·         Mobridge had an average temperature of 10.4 degrees in February tying for the 12th coldest on record.

·         Overall, Mobridge had their 20th coldest winter on record.

·         Mobridge had 16 days in January with high temperature of 32 degrees or warmer.  January 2006 had the most days of 32 degrees or warmer with 27 days.

·         Last winter, Mobridge measured 44.3 inches of snowfall.  Normal snowfall for the season is 31.1 inches.

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