Rapid City - Recent Annual Temperatures, Rain & Snow





The numbers here describe what the weather in Rapid City, South Dakota was like for every year since 2010. A series of tables gives data by year for temperature, precipitation and snowfall.

They begin with average maximum and minimum temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius. That's followed by how many really hot and cold days occurred each year. Then there's information on how much rain and snow actually landed during recent years, as well as how often Rapid City had wet or snowy weather.

The climate data come from weather measurements made at Rapid City Regional Airport .

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

Rapid City temperature averages by year
High °F Low °F Year High °C Low °C
57 32 2018 14 0
62 34 2017 17 1
63 35 2016 17 2
62 35 2015 17 2
58 32 2014 15 0
59 33 2013 15 0
65 35 2012 19 2
59 33 2011 15 0
59 34 2010 15 1
Number of days each year when the temperature in Rapid City dropped to 0 or 32 or below, or rose to at least 70 or 90 degrees Fahrenheit
0 °F
-18 °C
32 °F
0 °C
Year 70 °F
21 °C
90 °F
32 °C
21 190 2018 131 15
17 168 2017 156 42
14 166 2016 159 31
16 167 2015 144 23
33 178 2014 136 10
18 193 2013 139 32
12 162 2012 168 58
27 173 2011 125 36
15 166 2010 140 25

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

This table gives the total precipitation that fell on Rapid City during each year from 2010. The number of days with precipitation counts the days when rainfall or snowfall (when melted) amounted to 0.01 inches (0.3 millimeters) or more.

Total precipitation in Rapid City
Days Year Inches Milli­metres
117 2018 25.7 653
98 2017 11.3 288
88 2016 13.3 338
90 2015 25.3 642
108 2014 21.6 548
97 2013 21.7 552
74 2012 11.4 290
108 2011 19.5 494
103 2010 19.3 489

Snowy Weather iconSnow

Amount of snowfall in Rapid City and number of days when new snow totalled at least 1 inch (2.5 centimetres)
Days Year Inches Centi­metres
20 2018 73.5 187
13 2017 29.7 75
13 2016 31.1 79
15 2015 43.7 111
21 2014 55.1 140
20 2013 100.6 256
5 2012 16.8 43
20 2011 76.4 194
11 2010 31.7 81
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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