Green shorts, t-shirts and flip-flops were the choice of dress for many who attended Presho’s St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday as the afternoon temperature topped out at 82 degrees, setting a new record for March 17.
Those participating in the Shamrock Shuffle at noon needed water bottles instead of gloves and stocking hats this year as they made their way along the 3-mile Fun Run.
Unseasonably warm weather across South Dakota and much of the central part of the nation last week broke or tied many records including here in Lyman County.
Charlie Bowar, National Weather Observer, reported 87 degrees at Kennebec on Sunday setting a new record. It also ranked as the seventh warmest day on record for the month of March. Sunday’s high concluded a week of extremely warm record setting temperatures for the area. Tuesday the thermometer hit 82, followed by 86 on Thursday, and 82 degrees on Saturday.
The above normal temperatures have flowers popping through the soil, grass greening and farmers starting to drill spring wheat.
According to the NWS forecast for the area, temperatures are expected to cool off this week, back down to the 60s, which is still considerably warmer than normal for March.