Winter’s First Appearance

Only 8 days short of a record for Sioux Falls, winter’s snowy downfall made it’s first appearance in South Dakota over the weekend. The earliest snowfall recorded for Sioux Falls was on Oct. 1st, 1999, although this year’s October 9th snowfall was a shock to Sioux Falls residents.

The Black Hills were also shivering in the snow, although historically they have been hit with the white stuff far before the eastern half of the state.  Back in 1974, snow fell on Deerfield, South Dakota, on the first day of September, dumping 4 inches on the town.

Although winter has made it’s first appearance, earlier than South Dakota expected, it doesn’t mean fall and it’s activities are over yet.  The snow has melted as quickly as it fell, and temperatures are slowly climbing back to fall-like highs. Take advantage of the season with some of South Dakota’s fall activities:


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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers Contest. Seth's day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota's state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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