Both record cold and record snowfall in South Dakota

Also the earliest measurable September snowfall ever. To add to the misery, this all came after 100-degree temperatures on Saturday in Rapid City.


This was the earliest measurable snow in downtown Rapid City in September since 2014,  according to meteorologist Matt Gonterak. The city’s previous record of 1.6″ was set on Sept. 11, 2014 .

Tuesday’s weather set a record for a daily low in downtown Rapid City at 31 degrees. The previous record was in 1929 when downtown’s low was 34 degrees.

In fact, multiple records were set in Downtown Rapid City and at the Rapid City Regional Airport on Monday September 7th, 2020:

Downtown Rapid City

Record Daily Low: 31°F (The previous record of 34°F was set in 1929)

Record Daily Precipitation: 0.97″ (Previous record of 0.55″ set in 1951)

Record Daily Snowfall: 1.0″ (No previous snow record for September 7th, 2020)

Earliest freezing temperature: September 7th, 2020 (Previous earliest freezing temperature : September 11th, 1921 and on September 11th, 2014)

September 7th, 2020 set a record for the earliest measurable snow in Downtown Rapid City (Previous record September 11th, 2014 of 1.6″)

Rapid City Regional Airport

Record Daily Low: 32°F (Previous record 34°F in 1986)

Record Daily Precipitation: 0.96″ (Previous 0.86″ in 1946)

Earliest freezing temperature: September 7th, 2020 (Previous: September 9th, 1962/September 9th, 2001)

Other records that could be broken by the impending snowfall:

  • Snowiest September. (In 1927, Rapid City saw four and eight tenth inches.)

The northern part of the Black Hills saw the highest amounts. The National Weather Service reports Lead saw ten inches, while Deadwood saw six inches. Keystone, near Mount Rushmore in the central Black Hills saw four inches. Rapid City received a little over an inch.

Thanks to Andrew Stranglen for this link

5 thoughts on “Both record cold and record snowfall in South Dakota”

  1. Yet claims things keep getting warmer yes the air coming from his behide maybe getting hotter but certainly not Earth.

    • Gosh I thought that guy had a little more sense than that!
      Just crazy how some mets go from smart to stupid because of some BS they hear on CNN. We already have a little ice age on our hands. This guy has lost ALL credibility forever!

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