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January 02, 2018 10:29 PM

Map Illustrates Temperature Range For 2017

South Dakota has been referred to as a state of extremes, and the weather lately adds support to that line.  

We all know the climate of the northern plains is extreme, but looking at the temperature map recently really illustrates what we already know.  

Our friends at Iowa State University published a map showing the temperature ranges across the nation for 2017.  The extreme cold front Sunday was just enough to stretch those boundaries in a place we call KELOLAND.  Most of our region shows we had an annual temperature range of 120 to 140 degrees.  

Sioux Falls had a range of 116 degrees, 96 to 20 below zero.  Aberdeen, Pierre and Rapid City all went over 100 degrees and all of those spots fell into the 20s and 30s below zero.  

That's the range of climate, but there are few places on earth that can claim these extremes.   Our daily weather will play out the next journey of ups and downs in 2018. 

The term "January Thaw" may soon come up in more ways than one.  We'll have more about the next ride of fluctuating weather in KELOLAND in the days to come.  

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