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January 01, 2018 05:05 PM

South Dakota Cities Set Record Lows

Day number three of extreme cold is leaving many of us ready for some weather above zero.  By the numbers, this has been the coldest New Year's Day in Sioux Falls since 1979. And we won't soon forget some of the numbers from the weekend that set new records.

Here are just some of the numbers from Sunday starting with morning lows.  New record lows inclue Pierre at 25 below, Huron at 31 below, Mobridge at 30 below and Rapid City 21 below.

Daytime highs also set records for December 31.  Watertown managed just 12 below, Mitchell climbed to 10 below.  Highs of 9 below were recorded at Pierre, Mobridge, and Sioux Falls.  The Sioux Falls high tied a record from 1968.  Rapid City also had a record at 6 below. 

Another interesting trend we've been following is the number of hours Sioux Falls has been sitting at or below zero. Depending on how fast we climb above zero tomorrow morning, it appears we are still on track to having the longest stretch of consecutive hours below zero since 2004.  

I wish I could say we were done with this type of cold weather for the winter, but we all know January can be quite cold.  

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