The first week of March was unarguably a bitterly cold one for South Dakota. Then it was like a light switch and we were hit with 50s, 60s, and even 70s. But when you average out the two weeks, it is still colder than normal.
That first week of March, average temperatures across KELOLAND were in the upper teens to 20s when it was expected to be in the upper 30s. Then, the second week is expected to have averages in the low 40s but in reality, average highs were in the upper 40s to 50s.
Now even though the last week has been unseasonably warm, March 2014 in KELOLAND is on track to going down in the record books as a colder than average month. Right now, we are sitting at about seven to nine degrees below the monthly average.
Now that below average is due to that cold first week. The outlook for the next two weeks does put South Dakota in the upper 30s to 40s for the rest of the month.