April Top 10 Monthly Rankings

WarmestTemperature / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Colorado Springs, CO 51.6 / 8th warmest 53.8 / 19811894 – 2022
Coldest Temperature / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Grand Forks, ND 31.8 / 2nd coldest 29.7 / 1950 1893 – 2022
Sisseton, SD 38.6 / 3rd coldest36.1 / 20181931 – 2022
Dickinson, ND33.7 / 3rd coldest 32.0 / 1950 1938 – 2022
Casper, WY37.6 / 5th coldest34.9 / 1997+1939 – 2022
Fargo, ND 34.9 / 8th coldest (tied with 1956)33.0 / 18931881 – 2022
Rapid City, SD39.7 / 9th coldest 36.7 / 20131942 – 2022
Pierre, SD42.4 / 10th coldest 37.6 / 20131893 – 2022
Precipitation Precipitation / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Akron, CO0.03 / DRIEST0.27 / 20221937 – 2022 
Colorado Springs, CO 0.01 / DRIEST (tied with 1964)1894 – 2019
Goodland, KS0.04 / 3rd driest T / 1963 1895 – 2022
Cheyenne, WY 0.20 / 3rd driest 0.17 / 1880 1871 – 2022
Denver, CO 0.06 / 3rd driest 0.03 / 19631872 – 2022
McCook, NE0.15 / 4th driestT / 19241894 – 2022
Laramie, WY 0.28 / 5th driest 0.20 / 1966 1948 – 2022
Salina, NE0.64 / 6th driest 0.21 / 1937 1948 – 2022
Scottsbluff, NE 0.42 / 10th driest0.19 / 19281893 – 2022
Grand Forks, ND 5.47 / 2nd wettest 5.59 / 18861893 – 2022
Fargo, ND 5.45 / 2nd wettest5.49 / 1886 1881 – 2022
Bismarck, ND3.53 / 10th wettest 5.71 / 18781874 – 2022
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
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Climate at a Glance Highlights: March 2022

Temperatures throughout the region have been near-normal during the month of March and since the start of the year. Precipitation has been below normal to near record lows. Here are some highlights from the release of the March edition of Climate at a Glance.

March 2022

Statewide Precipitation Ranks for March 2022

For the statewide records, North Dakota observed their seventh driest March. Only an average of 0.21 inches of precipitation fell throughout the state, which was 0.53 inches below normal. Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming averaged below normal precipitation, while Colorado was near normal and Kansas was above normal.

March Precipitation Rankings for North Dakota Counties

At the county level, North Dakota had 12 counties in the top five driest months on record. Three of these counties (Eddy, Foster, and Sheridan) recorded their driest March on record. Outside of North Dakota, two other states had counties rank in the top five driest. South Dakota had two (Perkings and Harding), while Nebraska had one (Sheridan).

January-March 2022

Statewide Precipitation Ranks for January through March 2022

Statewide records since the beginning of the year indicate near-record dryness in the northern part of the region. South Dakota ranks second driest on record since January first. The statewide average precipitation has been around 45 percent of normal. Nebraska and Wyoming rank seventh driest, receiving 47 and 67 percent of their normal, respectively. North Dakota also ranked 13th, with around 60 percent of their normal precipitation. Colorado and Kansas were near normal during this period.

January through March Precipitation Rankings for Nebraska Counties

Nebraska is among the driest, with 28 counties in the top five driest since the beginning of the year. Of those 28, 15 ranks among the driest on record in the northern and central portions of the state. The driest is Loup County, having received only 16 percent of its normal precipitation. Several stations in the north-central parts of Nebraska have received only five percent of their normal precipitation through the end of March.

January through March Precipitation Rankings for South Dakota Counties

Similar to Nebraska, South Dakota has been extremely dry as well. 24 counties rank in the top five driest, while two (Gregory and Tripp) are the driest on record for this period. Five counties also ranked second driest during this period.

Elsewhere throughout the region, North Dakota has ten counties in the top five driest while Wyoming has four counties. Some areas like North Dakota will improve in the April rankings due to precipitation in April, while the central High Plains continue to remain dry this month.

March Top 10 Monthly Rankings

Precipitation Precipitation / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Williston, ND0.06 / 5th Driest (tied with 2009+)0.01 / (2019+)1894 – 2022
Rapid City, SD0.25 / 8th Driest (tied with 1949)0.05 / 20121942 – 2022
SnowfallSnowfall / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Norfolk, NE 0.2 / 9th Lowest Snowfall (tied with 2015+)T / 20121893 – 2022
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
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February 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

Precipitation Precipitation / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Grand Island, NE0.01 / DRIEST (tied with 1904)1895-2022
McCook, NETrace / 2nd driest (tied with 2017+)0.00 / 19101894-2022
Lincoln, NE0.03 / 3rd driest 0.00 / 18971887-2022
Hastings, NE0.01 / 3rd driestTrace / 1921+1894-2022
North Platte, NE0.03 / 4th driest (tied with 1988+)0.01 / 2002+1874-2022
Chadron, NE0.02 / 5th driest (tied with 2019)Trace / 2002+1941-2022
Concordia, KS0.03 / 5th driest (tied 1977+)Trace / 19961885-2022
Norfolk, NE0.13 / 8th driest0.04 / 19491893-2022
Rawlins, WY0.12 / 9th driest (tied with 1981)Trace / 20181951-2022
Laramie, WY0.09 / 10th driest (tied with 2007+)0.02 / 19991948-2022

SnowfallSnowfall / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Lincoln, NE0.1 / 4th lowest snowfallTrace / 1996+1887-2022
Norfolk, NE0.2 / 5th lowest snowfall (tied with 1926)Trace / 1931+1893-2022
Hastings, NE0.5 / 7th lowest snowfallTrace / 1991+1895-2022
Omaha, NE0.5 / 8th lowest snowfall0.1 / 1996+1871-2022

January 2022 Top 10 Monthly Ranking

Precipitation Precipitation/ RankingRecord/YearPeriod of Record 
Norfolk, NE0.04 / DRIEST 0.05 / 1928+1893-2021
Grand Junction, CO0.14 / 10th Driest (tied with 1900)Trace / 19611893-2021
    
Casper, WY0.90 / 9th Wettest1.42 / 19871939-2021
    
SnowfallSnowfall / Ranking Record / YearPeriod of Record
Dodge City, KS11.7 / 7th Snowiest 19.7 / 18981893-2021
Cheyenne, WY14.3 / 8th Snowiest35.5 / 19801883-2021
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
Data are retrieved through the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) and are available online through the CLIMOD system.
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December 2021 Top 10 Monthly Rankings

Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, Precipitation in inches

WarmestTemperature / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Grand Island, NE35.5 / WARMEST35.4 / 18961895-2021
Salina, KS40.8 / WARMEST40.6 / 19391948-2021
Norfolk, NE32.6 / WARMEST32.4 / 19571893-2021
Topeka, KS43.1 / 2nd Warmest45.3 / 18891887-2021
Colorado Springs, CO40.3 / 2nd Warmest41.0 / 19331894-2021
Wichita, KS44.2 / 2nd Warmest46.4 / 18891888-2021
Akron, CO35.8 / 2nd Warmest36.9 / 19801937-2021
Rawlins, WY28.3 / 3rd Warmest33.5 / 19801951-2021
Dodge City, KS41.3 / 3rd Warmest44.6 / 18891874-2021
Pueblo, CO39.3 / 3rd Warmest42.2 / 18891888-2021
Concordia, KS39.9 / 3rd Warmest41.9 / 18891885-2021
Lander, WY31.5 / 4th Warmest (tied with 1939)34.3 / 19801891-2021
Alamosa, CO26.1 / 4th Warmest28.1 / 19801906-2021
Goodland, KS36.5 / 4th Warmest 39.6 / 19331895-2021
Laramie, WY28.1 / 4th Warmest33.5 / 19801948-2021
Omaha, NE35.9 / 5th Warmest39.5 / 18891871-2021
Lincoln, NE36.0 / 6th Warmest38.6 / 18891887-2021
Hastings, NE34.8 / 6th Warmest (tied with 1956)38.0 / 19571894-2021
Scottsbluff, NE34.6 / 6th Warmest37.0 / 19801893-2021
McCook, NE35.0 / 7th Warmest39.8 / 19571894-2021
Casper, WY 30.1 / 9th Warmest34.3 / 19801939-2021
Valentine, NE31.5 / 10th Warmest35.6 / 18891889-2021
North Platte, NE33.8 / 10th Warmest37.2 / 18891874-2021
Cheyenne, WY34.3 / 10th Warmest39.0 / 19331871-2021
Precipitation Precipitation / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Chadron, NETrace / DRIEST (tied with 2010+)1941-2021
Wichita, KS0.01 / DRIEST 0.02 / 19501888-2021
Dodge City, KSTrace / 2nd Driest (tied with 2017+)0.00 / 18891874-2021
Topeka, KS0.11 / 8th Driest0.04 / 19961887-2021
Salina, KS0.08 / 10th DriestTrace / 1976+1948-2021
Grand Junction, CO 2.08 / WETTEST2.05 / 20071893-2021
Sisseton, SD1.75 / 4th Wettest2.03 / 19681931-2021
Fargo, ND1.75 / 5th Wettest (tied with 2010)2.28 / 19271881-2021
Grand Forks, ND1.36 / 8th Wettest2.29 / 19181893-2021
Rawlins, WY0.84 / 9th Wettest2.10 / 20101951-2021
Williston, ND1.22 / 9th Wettest2.50 / 20081894-2021
SnowfallSnowfall / RankingRecord / YearPeriod of Record
Topeka, KS0.00 / Least Snowy (tied with 2004+)1887-2021
Wichita, KS0.00 / Least Snowy (tied with 2001+)1888-2021
Dodge City, KS0.00 / Least Snowy (tied with 1933+)1893-2021
Omaha, NE0.8 / 9th Least Snowy (tied with 1954)0.00 / 20041948-2021
Sisseton, SD20.3 / 2nd Snowiest36.0 / 20101931-2021
Grand Forks, ND27.0 / 3rd Snowiest30.2 / 19961893-2021
Bismarck, ND18.5 / 7th Snowiest33.3 / 20081886-2021
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
Data are retrieved through the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) and are available online through the CLIMOD system.
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November 2021 Top 10 Monthly Rankings

Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, Precipitation in inches

Warmest Temperature/ RankingRecord/YearPeriod of Record 
Rawlins, WY38.9 / WARMEST 38.5 / 20171951-2021
Colorado Springs, CO45.9 / 2nd warmest 47.4 / 19491894-2021
Alamosa, CO35.1 / 2nd warmest 38.4 / 20171906-2021
Valentine, NE43.6 / 2nd warmest 44.3 / 19491889-2021
Denver, CO46.3 / 3rd warmest 50.9 / 19491872-2021
Chadron, NE41.7 / 3rd warmest 44.1 / 19491941-2021
Scottsbluff, NE 43.9 / 3rd warmest44.3 / 19491893-2021
Lander, WY40.1 / 3rd wamrest 42.6 / 19491891-2021
Cheyenne, WY42.7 / 3rd warmest 45.2 / 19491871-2021
Goodland, KS45.5 / 4th warmest (tied 2016)46.4 / 19991895-2021
Casper, WY40.3 / 4th warmest 43.7 / 19991939-2021
Laramie, WY38.1 / 4th warmest 40.7 / 19491948-2021
Akron, CO 44.4 / 4th warmest 45.3 / 19991937-2021
Norfolk, NE43.3 / 5th warmest 46.5 / 20011893-2021
Sheridan, WY 41.5 / 5th warmest 45.4 / 19491907-2021
North Platte, NE42.9 / 6th warmest 45.5 / 19171874-2021
McCook, NE44.8 / 6th warmest 46.4 / 19541894-2021
Rapid City, SD40.5 / 7th warmest 46.0 / 19491942-2021
Topeka, KS47.9 / 8th warmest 50.1 / 19991885-2021
Pueblo, CO 45.3 / 8th warmest 47.4 / 19491888-2021
Grand Island, NE44.9 / 9th warmest 46.8 / 20011895-2021
Precipitation Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record 
Salina, KS Trace / 3rd driest (tied 1989+ )0.00 / 19541948-2021
Sheridan, WY0.15 / 7th driest (tied 1951)Trace / 19391907-2021
Goodland, KS0.02 / 7th driest (tied 2014+)0.00 / 19391895-2021
Chadron, NE0.08 / 8th driest Trace / 2001+1941-2021
Akron,CO0.05 / 8th driest (tied 1954)Trace / 2006+1937-2021
Rawlins, WY0.16 / 9th driest (tied with 2000)0.03 / 2007+1951-2021
Denver, CO0.07 / 9th driest Trace / 1949+1874-2021
Dickinson, ND0.04 / 10th driest Trace / 1963+1938-2021
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
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October 2021 Top 10 Monthly Rankings

Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, Precipitation in inches

Warmest Temperature/ RankingRecord/YearPeriod of Record 
Dickinson, ND49.1 / 5th warmest56.7 / 19631938-2021
Bismarck, ND50.7 / 9th warmest 54.9 / 19631874-2021
Grand Forks, ND49.4 / 10th warmest (tied, 1900)57.1 / 1998 1893-2021
Precipitation Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record 
Huron, SD5.22 / 3rd wettest6.44 / 19461888-2021
Casper, WY2.69 / 4th wettest 4.62 / 1998 1939-2021
Rapid City, SD2.76 / 5th wettest5.60 / 19981942-2021
Aberdeen, SD4.39 / 6th wettest7.29 / 19981893-2021
Sisseton, SD4.97 / 6th wettest 7.01 / 20091931-2021
Dickinson, ND2.91 / 6th wettest5.77 / 19821938-2021
Chadron, NE1.91 / 6th wettest3.57 / 20131941-2021
Bismarck, ND3.35 / 7th wettest 4.73 / 20131874-2021
Mobridge, SD3.43 / 8th wettest5.69 / 20131911-2021
Grand Forks, ND3.48 / 8th wettest (tied, 2019)5.79 / 19981893-2021
Lander, WY3.57 / 9th wettest4.90 / 19941981-2021
Denver, CO0.08 / 8th driest (tied, 2003+)Trace / 19341874-2021

All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
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September 2021 Top 10 Monthly Rankings

Monthly Rankings for September 2021
Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, Precipitation in inches

 
Warmest Temperature/ RankingRecord/YearPeriod of Record 
Chadron, NE67.0 / WARMEST (tied with 1969)1941-2021
Scottsbluff, NE67.5 / 2nd warmest 68.1 / 19981893-2021
Akron, CO68.8 / 2nd warmest 68.9 / 19981937-2021
Bismarck, ND65.1 / 2nd warmest 67.1 / 18971874-2021
Grand Forks, ND63.0 / 2nd warmest64.2 / 20091893-2021
Colorado Springs, CO68.0 / 2nd warmest 68.7 / 20191894-2021
Dickinson, ND63.6 / 3rd warmest 64.2 / 19981938-2021
Williston, ND63.8 / 3rd warmest (tied with 1940+)64.3 / 20091894-2021
Denver, CO68.8 / 3rd warmest 69.4 / 20151872-2021
Goodland, KS71.2 / 3rd warmest 72.7 / 20191895-2021
Alamosa, CO58.4 / 4th warmest (tied with 2015+)59.0 / 19331906-2021
Pueblo, CO 70.2 / 4th warmest 72.8 / 20191888-2021
Sisseton, SD64.7 / 4th warmest 67.0 / 19331931-2021
Dodge City, KS74.7 / 5th warmest 78.0 / 20191874-2021
Valentine, NE68.3 / 5th warmest 69.9 / 18971889-2021
Sheridan, WY62.9 / 6th warmest 65.3 / 19631907-2021
Fargo, ND64.4 / 6th warmest (tied with 2013)65.6 / 2015+1881-2021
McCook,  NE71.1 / 7th warmest 72.7 / 20191894-2021
Laramie, WY57.6 / 7th warmest 59.2 / 19981948-2021
North Platte, NE68.4 / 9th warmest 71.0 / 19311874-2021
Aberdeen, SD64.6 / 9th warmest 68.3 / 19311893-2021
Sioux Falls, SD67.0 / 10th warmest 69.9 / 19081893-2021
Wichita, KS 75.6 / 10th warmest79.4 / 19311888-2021
Lander, WY62.8 /  10th warmest (tied with 1994) 65.3 / 20151891-2021
Concordia, KS73.2 / 10th warmest 77.6 / 19311885-2021
Precipitation Precipitation / Ranking Record / Year Period of Record 
Valentine, NE4.01 / 5th wettest 5.91 / 19731889-2021
Sisseton, SD4.21 / 7th wettest (tied with 2017)6.65 / 20041931-2021
Rawlins, WY1.54 / 7th wettest (tied with 1986) 3.64 / 19651951-2021
Sherdian, WY0.04 / 2nd driest Trace / 20121907-2021
Williston, ND0.10 / 7th driest 0.01 / 18991938-2021
Dickinson, ND0.27 / 10th driest 0.14 / 19581938-2021
All data are preliminary and subject to change. + indicates multiple dates, latest date listed. * indicates some missing data for the period.
Data are retrieved through the Applied Climate Information System (ACIS) and are available online through the CLIMOD system.
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