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The climate of Rapid City (South Dakota - United States of America)
Rapid City is a large city located in the southeastern part of the state of South Dakota. Rapid City is located in Pennington County on the east slopes of the Black Hills. The city was named after Rapid Creek which forms the center of the city. The city was founded at the end of the 19th century. When gold was found here its population figures rapidly increased. In 1972 Rapid Creek flooded due to heavy rainfall. This flood caused the death of 200 inhabitants. Rapid City is the largest city in the vicinity of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This monument symbolizes the first 150 years of the United States. Mount Rushmore features the sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The sculptures are about 18 meters high. Rapid City has a warm continental climate characterized by long and cold winters and short, but warm to even hot summers. Precipitation figures are highest during the summer. This causes humidity figures to rise as well. Rapid City is located in Tornado Alley. During Tornado season there is a risk of tornadoes.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Rapid City:

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 2 -12 5 7 n/a
February 4 -10 6 7 n/a
March 8 -6 8 8 n/a
April 14 0 8 10 n/a
May 20 6 9 11 n/a
June 25 11 10 11 n/a
July 30 15 11 9 n/a
August 29 13 10 7 n/a
September 23 7 9 7 n/a
October 17 2 7 5 n/a
November 8 -5 5 6 n/a
December 3 -11 5 7 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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