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Old 01-19-2010, 02:02 AM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I'm from Northeastern MN, where it rarely gets above freezing three or four months of the year, and you can well go 5+ months without seeing a temperature above freezing. Looking at past weather data, however, Rapid City seems to be in a completely different situation:

Month - Year / Highest Monthly Temperature / Days Above 50+ (60+ / 70+)

December 08 56 4
January 09 64 7 (2)
February 09 63 6 (1)

February 08 56 3
January 08 60 4 (1)
December 07 66 2 (1)

December 06 62 7 (3)
January 07 62 6 (2)
February 07 60 5 (1)

Februrary 06 73 5 (3/1)
January 06 69 13 (5)
December 05 60 11 (3)

December 04 69 16 (1)
January 05 69 8 (4)
February 05 73 11 (5/1)

February 04 63 7 (4)
January 04 55 6
December 03 61 3 (1)

December 02 63 11 (3)
January 03 63 10 (1)
February 03 59 2

December 01 59 7
January 02 71 9 (4/1)
February 02 68 10 (3)

December 00 60 2 (1)
January 01 60 8 (1)
February 01 48 0

February 00 68 7 (2)*
January 00 63 4 (1)
December 99 62 11 (2)

December 98 70 9 (4/1)
January 99 59 5
February 99 71 13 (6/1)

As you can see, very unlike MN, esp. Northern MN residents. Now what I'm asking is:

1. How do people take advantage of the chinook winds that cause these high temperatures? Suntan, hike, bike, take a day off of work, etc.?

2. Do you think the climate of the Black Hills is a draw for many people?

Thank you.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:15 AM
 
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They are not always caused by the Chinook winds. When the warm winds roll through they are pretty strong. They air is less humid. So a Rapid City cold is not a cold, like a Duluth cold or a Watertown or Brookings cold.

Nice days you will find people out on bikes, motorcycles, or whatever outdoor activity. Another thing people love to do is wash their car. That is something I really need to do. Me, well I am outside in a T shirt either working, or doing something.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Nice days during the winter are used to:

Wash all the grime off the cars.
Clean the mud that's run onto the patio.
Clean the gutters of all the broken branches from snow.
Cut some ditches to allow the water to run off your property.

And then, when you're done with that, you can do something you enjoy from 4:30-5:

I don't think the weather is as much of a draw to RC as the Black Hills are. The people, the business', the schools, etc is more of a draw then weather. Although weather probably does play a factor for those that work from home or are retired. But everybody else chooses based on their job mainly.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Lead/Deadwood, SD
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Although those are the highs for those days the sun is riding low so it usually isn't like a full day of 50's -60's and although it feels nice to run around for a while in t-shirts, I don't know anyone that sunbaths until spring. Besides the Chinook winds here, there are temp inversions that occur at different elevations which is when the cold air hugs the lower elevations and warmer areas occur where the heat has risen. Many people tend to enjoy the snow we receive and the Black Hills climate being so mild on certain days makes the warm days great for skiing in t-shirts. Taking a "too nice to work day off" is less common than taking "too much snow to shovel day off" which is great cause my neighbor usually serves hot cocoa toddies!!
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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Usually on nice winter days I would go meet some friends for lunch, walk around downtown, go for a run with less layers on, or just enjoy finally being able to go outside without layers of clothes on me. I'd feel much more energetic and I was able to accomplish more on warm winter days too.
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