ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service classifies the month of June as a very wet and cool month across most of the region. Rainfall amounts across central and northeast South Dakota and parts of neighboring Minnesota ranged from three to almost ten inches. In Timber Lake, the 9.89 inches that fell last month was the most June precipitation on record. 7.91 inches fell at Mobridge-tying the community’s amount for the third wettest June on record. Both Kennebec and Aberdeen finished the month just below normal for precipitation. SDSU Extension says preliminary numbers show Canton established a new state record for the wettest month at any location in South Dakota with 19.65 inches of rain in June. The previous wettest month on record was recorded in May of 1946 in Deadwood-where 18.61 inches fell. SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says in western South Dakota, last month’s rainfall created exceptional grazing and haying conditions for many producers-and stock ponds are full to overflowing.
As far as temperatures, the cool trend continued across the region last month, with most locations from one to three degrees below normal. Pierre had the tenth coolest June on record. Kennebec was the only location in the area covered by the Aberdeen office of the National Weather Service to get above 90 degrees for the month-reaching 92 degrees on the 21st. Edwards says the forecast for the next few days shows a brief warm-up before temperatures average out.
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