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Rain and Snow Totals from Historic Storm

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The large storm that affected our area Tuesday and Wednesday was one of the strongest February storms in South Dakota history.  Heavy rain and snow fell across the area with liquid equivalents that are more like storms in the summer.  What makes this unique is that there is more moisture in the atmosphere in the summer thanks to warmer temperatures.  So the fact that we received this much precipitation from a winter storm is pretty impressive. The numbers on the left are records for the 28th of February.  That number for Sioux Falls makes February 28th, 2012 the 3rd wettest calendar day on record for the month of February.  One of the only days that beat this storm was the historic February storm in the 1960’s that dumped more then 2 feet of snow on the city.  In retrospect, if the amount of rain that fell on Sioux Falls had actually fallen as snow, it could have been 2 feet! Below is a list of both rain and snow totals for this storm as well as a couple images of radar estimations of rain and snowfall across the area.  This way, if you don’t find your city on the lists, you can calculate your approximate amounts by checking out the radar estimations.

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