NWS Says March Was a Record Breaking Month for Temps



ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The start of a new month brings a look back at March and weather statistics by the National Weather Service. Weather observers at the NWS office in Aberdeen say that March in central and northeast parts of the state brought numerous daily and monthly records The average high temperatures last month were said to be from 16 to almost 20 degrees above normal. The temperature reached 80 degrees or higher at several locations in northeast and central South Dakota in March; with Pierre reaching 80 or more at least five times last month. The warmest temperature in March was 88 at Pierre on March 18, which broke the all-time March high temp record for the community. Kennebec’s warmest day in March was on the 18th, when it reached 87, Mobridge’s warmest high was 83 on the 16th and Timber Lake got up to 82 on the 16th.
The NWS also says that March was a dry month with precipitation amounts below normal. March is usually one of the snowiest months with 6-8 inches of snowfall, but for last month, snow amounts ranged from only trace amounts to up to three inches. Monthly precipitation levels in Pierre, Kennebec, Mobridge and Timber Lake are all said to be from a half an inch to just over an inch below normal for March.

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