Watertown experiences third warmest winter since record keeping began

March 4, 2024

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The National Weather Service (NWS)  in Aberdeen has confirmed what most of us already knew–it was a very mild and dry winter.

During the meteorological winter survey, which cover the months of December, January and February, Watertown’s average temperature was 24.5 degrees–or nine degrees above average, making it the third-warmest winter on record.

Snowfall in Watertown for that same time period was 12.7 inches, which is 11.8 inches below normal.

The NWS says the numbers were driven by El Niño, which traditionally brings the region a warm and less snowy winter.

Watertown’s weather record keeping dates back to 1898.