South Dakota has been long known as the “Land of Infinite Variety” and this past December was a great example!
Temperatures ranged from a very comfortable 41° high on December 3rd followed by a low of –20° three days later on the 6th and an even colder low of –25° on the 7th of December. In all, we hit minus 20° or colder seven nights as of Monday. Temperatures of below zero were experienced 18 times during the same period. Averages for this time period were a high of 12.4° and –6.3° for the average low.
Fierce winds were combined with the cold on several instances to prompt the National Weather Service to issue Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings on a couple more occasions.
Snowfall as of Monday amounted to an impressive 13.1 inches but due to the cold temperatures making the snow drier, it only netted 0.77 inches of precipitation.
This sunrise photo snapped on December 27 was very colorful, just as many of the sunrises and sunsets have been beautiful all year. The direction of jet stream winds have given us regular cloud formations to assist in making this daily color palette appear.