Snowiest April on record may also be coldest - KOTA Territory News

Snowiest April on record may also be coldest

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Though the month isn't quite over, it's already the snowiest April Rapid City has had since records began in 1888. But, what is snow without cold air? As of now, April is also on track to be in the top five coldest, if not the coldest April on record.

It's no secret, the weather in April has been a roller coaster ride. The month started with mild weather, as temperatures were in the 50s, 60s, even 70s, until that first major snow storm struck, plunging us back into a semi-permanent winter.


Both Rapid City and the airport only saw a high of 17 degrees on April 9th, setting a record low high temperature for that day.


After that, our highs were in the 20s and 30s with only one day getting above 50 degrees, during which numerous record lows were broken.

And despite the potential warm up coming for the remainder of the month, the average temperature at the airport for April will sit around 36.4°F.

April of 1950 was the coldest April on record at the airport, with an average temperature of 38.0°F.

Downtown Rapid City is on track to see an average April temperature of around 37.2°F, which would be second coldest on record. Falling behind the April of 1920, when the average was a bone chilling 34.0°F.

And even though a warm up with 70 degree temperatures is on the way, it won't bring the averages up enough.

It is already the snowiest April on record for both Rapid City and Rapid City Regional Airport.

Rapid city breaks its record by one inch with 39.5" of snow.

And the airport breaks its record by more than a foot, coming in at 43.4" inches so far this month.

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