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Below is a listing of the climate records on New Year's Day for Rapid City, Lead, Gillette, Winner, and Lemmon. Record high temperatures have reached the 50s to mid-60s. Of these sites, Lemmon has been the coldest, dipping down to -31 degrees in 1928. In 1970, Lead had a whopping 35 inches on the ground. Also listed is the weather data for the past 10 New Year's Days at the Rapid City Airport. Very little snow has fallen on January 1st for the past decade. On the first day of 2017, temperatures were below average, with 4 inches of snow on the ground.

Temperature (°F)

Rapid City*

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Highest

64 (1998, 1939)

54 (1997, 1964)

51 (1997)

64 (1998)

58 (1998)

Lowest

-22 (1924)

-25 (1928, 1911)

-28 (1928)

-23 (1928)

-31 (1928)

Average High

37

36

35

34

28

Average Low

14

17

13

12

8

Precipitation (in.)

Rapid City

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Max Precip.

0.28 (1970)

0.72 (1970)

0.30 (1906)

0.65 (1941)

0.36 (1976)

Days Measured Precip.

22 times or 17%

37 times or 34%

24 times or 21%

13 times or 12%

14 times or 13%

Max Snowfall

3.4 (1970)

12.2 (1996)

3.5 (1960)

6.0 (1976, 1937)

4.0 (1976)

Days Measured Snow

19 times or 15%

35 times or 32%

24 times or 21%

11 times or 10%

11 times or 10%

Max Snow Depth

7 (1976)

35 (1970)

8 (1968)

19 (1952)

22 (2010)

Year Records Began

Rapid City

Lead

Gillette

Winner

Lemmon

Temp. and Precip.

1888

1909

1902

1910

1909

Snow Depth

1947

1948

1948

1948

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 New Year’s Days

Year

High

Temperature (°F)

Low Temperature

(°F)

Average Temperature

(°F)

Precipitation

(in.)

Snowfall

(in.)

Snow Depth

(in.)

2017

22

9

15.5

0.00

0.0

4

2016

38

7

22.5

0.00

0.0

3

2015

36

7

21.5

0.00

0.0

3

2014

29

9

19.0

Trace

Trace

0

2013

31

7

19.0

Trace

Trace

1

2012

33

12

22.5

0.00

0.0

0

2011

15

-2

6.5

Trace

Trace

2

2010

9

1

5.0

Trace

Trace

2

2009

35

14

24.5

Trace

Trace

0

2008

27 5 16.0 0.00 0.0 Trace