South Dakota State University
South Dakota Climate and Weather

Weather Trivia

1. What SD location gets the most precipitation annually on the average?
Aberdeen
Sioux Falls
Lead
Yankton
 
 
2. What was the year of the greatest statewide average precipitation?

1915
1946
1977
1993

 
 
3. Ludlow SD in 1936 recorded how much precipitation for the year?

1.53 inches
2.89 inches
5.74 inches
10.96 inches

 
 
4. Lead, SD holds the record for the largest single storm total snowfall. How much was that total?

37.5 inches
72.4 inches
103.0 inches
115.1 inches

 
 
5. The wettest (official) single day total in SD history of 7.14” occurred in what SD city?

Rapid City
Sioux Falls
Watertown
Lead

 
 
6. What station has recorded the highest temperature ever in South Dakota at 120 F?

Chamberlain
Winner
Yankton
Gann Valley

 
 
7. What was the record coldest temperature at McIntosh on Feb. 17, 1936?

-25 °F
-41 °F
-58 °F
-65 °F

 
 
8. What is the predominate wind direction in Brookings in November?

NW
NE
S-SE
SW

 
 
9. How many days of the year do you usually see hail at a single location in the Black Hills?

1
5
10
12

 
 
10. The frost that occurred in Brookings on August 21 (33 °F) was how much earlier than average?

10 days
25 days
40 days
60 days