NWS Says April Brought Record Breaking Cold and Snow Amounts

National Weather Service


ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) It’s probably no surprise for many that last month was said to be one of the top five coldest on record across parts of central and northeast South Dakota.  The National Weather Service says record to near record snowfall was also reported.

InPierre, the average high temperature was 49.2 degrees.  That tied as the all-time coldest average high with April of 1950.  12 days in April brought a high temperature below 40 degrees.  The average low temperature inPierrewas 26 degrees, which broke the previous record average low of 27.4 degrees set in 1956.  Pierresaw 20.8 inches of snowfall, which broke the previous record of 17.5 inches set in 1986.  By contrast, no snow was reported in April of 2012.

In Kennebec, the average high was 53.7 degrees last month, ranking as the fourth coldest all-time there.  The average low temp inKennebecwas 26.1 which is the second coldest all-time.  Kennebechad 24 inches of snow, ranking the second snowiest of all time.  April 1995 brought Kennebec a record 45.5 inches.

Timber Lake had an average high temperature last month of 49.5 degrees, which is the seventh coldest all-time.  The average low temp in Timber Lake last month was 25.2 degrees, ranking second coldest all-time.  Timber Lake recorded 9.9 inches of snowfall, which is not enough to even rank in the top ten of April snow levels there.  The snowiest April in Timber Lake was in 1970 when 35.6 inches fell.

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