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Temperatures Slowly On Way Down

August 11, 2012, 6:07 PM by Ben Cathey

Temperatures Slowly On Way Down

The call of birds chirping might replace your alarm clock the next few days.  After some lengthy heat, we're due for cooler temperatures for the next few days. 

Sioux Falls hasn't seen highs in the 70s since the first day of summer, back on June 21.  We've also been tracking a better rain chance, with some areas that could pick up more than a quarter of an inch. 

Heat and drought put a burden on your trees because the ground around the trunks have cracked and now leaves are starting to fall early. 

As days get shorter, plants start going dormant.  Even with lots of care, it's tough for plants to beat the heat, but the changes could ease these issues.

During a typical summer, periodic storms would balance our temperatures. But with our drought, heat has been a constant. 

Long-term data indicates we should hit 90 degrees about 13 times each August in Rapid City, so some heat is not that unusual. 

But Sioux Falls has already seen more 90+ days this August than in a typical full month. Yet even with pleasant temperatures in the forecast that aren't as hard on plants, we know it's not the end of our heat. 

And on average, Sioux Falls' last 90 degree day is August 31 while Rapid City's last 90 degree day is around September 21.

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