More than 7 inches in less than 48 hours.
Those are the preliminary figures — as of noon Thursday — for rainfall at the Mitchell Municipal Airport from Wednesday to Thursday, as the entire region of southeastern South Dakota has been drenched by two big storms packing a lot of punch in the rain it carried.
The National Weather Service said 7.09 inches of rain fell at the airport in a 48-hour span. Other areas around Mitchell reported 7.59 and 7.61 inches of rain, while a localized total was as high as 9.49 inches of rain, recorded 1 mile west of Mitchell.
In a two-hour span from roughly 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Mitchell received 2.9 inches of rain, and 3.37 inches of rain in a six-hour span that ended just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
The Mitchell official figures included 5.95 inches of rain between Sept. 10 and 11. The totals included 2.42 inches of rain on Tuesday in Mitchell, along with 3.53 inches of rain on Wednesday.
The Wednesday total was a new record for Mitchell for the day. It's the second-highest single-day September rainfall total in Mitchell's recorded history, only surpassed by the 4.35 inches of rain on Sept. 21, 1950. The Sept. 10 record for Mitchell rainfall remains at 2.69 inches of rain received in 2003.
Mitchell has now received a total of 6.47 inches of rain for the month of September. Normal totals for the month are 2.32 inches.
Other area rainfall totals
- 10.5 inches: near Spencer
- 9.49 inches: 1 mile west of Mitchell
- 8.7 inches: near Fulton
- 8.14 inches: 11 miles south of Emery
- 7.61 inches: 6 miles south of Mitchell
- 7.59 inches: 3 miles southeast of Mitchell
- 6.78 inches: 6.5 miles west of Parkston
- 6.55 inches: 2 miles northeast of Burke
- 6.53 inches: 5 miles west of Howard
- 6.49 inches: White Lake
- 6.35 inches: 6 miles north of Mount Vernon
- 6.31 inches: Academy
- 6.2 inches: Tripp
- 5.68 inches: Stickney
- 5.51 inches: Lake Andes
- 5.32 inches: 10 miles west of Dimock
- 5.17 inches: 9 miles north of Gregory