HOT SPRINGS - The past few weeks in Hot Springs has brought with it cooler temperatures and, yes, even some snow.
But this is not out of the ordinary, according to Shane Egan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City.
“Weather here, from September to October, things change quickly,” he said. “This time of year, it is hard to define a normal because things can be so drastic, especially with the terrain we have.”
From the beginning of September to the beginning of October, the normal high goes from 85 degrees to 69 degrees, Egan said.
By the end of the month of October, the average is 59, and the averages quickly start to become more winter-like.
Snow in Hot Springs during this time of year is not uncommon, Egan added, especially in higher elevations.
The first few days of October, temperatures were average, however, the past few days have been below average temperature-wise, but that is not uncommon, Egan said.
On Oct. 6, the temperature dropped to 26 degrees at night, which was 10 degrees below average, Egan said.
“We have had snow in the hills the last few weeks,” he added. “This transition period, we tap into the cold, artic and Canadian air that can get down here pretty easily.”
The earliest measureable snow in Hot Springs came on Sept. 6, 1929, Egan said, and there have been other instances of early in the season snow.
The snow the Black Hills and Hot Springs has gotten recently is not uncommon, he added, and it would not be out of the ordinary to get more snow in October and November.
As to the fog that the area has gotten as of late, that can be attributed to the winds coming out of the south and southeast.
“The winds gently ride up the terrain as the terrain rises and that can create fog,” Egan said. “Just one of those patterns where we are more prone to get more clouds and fog with the moist air we’ve had.”