Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Suzette Burckhard


The availability of water resources varies from time to time with the climate conditions. Keeping track of climate conditions would eventually benefit for the future predictions. The objective of this research was to compare and contrast the climate especially for Aberdeen, Ipswich and Eureka, South Dakota utilizing the historical monthly precipitation records and to develop the techniques that are reliable to estimate the missing data. For these necessary statistical analyses were performed using the monthly precipitation data from High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC) for the annual and 8-Year periods for Aberdeen, Ipswich and Eureka, South Dakota. 63 water years of precipitation data were used for the study to develop the climate periods for ‘Dry’, ‘Moderately Dry’, ‘Mean’, ‘Moderately Wet’ and ‘Wet’. The results were compared with the previous studies and concluded that the maximum precipitation in a year occurs for the month of June in the summer season and the minimum precipitation occurs for the month of January in winter. The highest variability in precipitation was for the months of June, July and August. This study also confirms the results from similar previous studies of different geographic areas in South Dakota, USA.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Precipitation (Meteorology) -- South Dakota -- Aberdeen -- Statistics.
Precipitation (Meteorology) -- South Dakota -- Ipswich -- Statistics.
Precipitation (Meteorology) -- South Dakota -- Eureka -- Statistics.
South Dakota -- Climate -- Statistics.


Includes bibliographical references



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University



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