dark storm clouds and distant rain roll over sprawling badlands formations.
Weather can change quickly in the Badlands -- it's always a good idea to check the forecast before your visit.

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Unpredictable & Variable

Weather in Badlands National Park is variable and unpredictable with temperature extremes ranging from 116° F to -40° F. Summers are hot and dry with occasional violent thunderstorms. Hailstorms and occasional tornadoes can descend on the Badlands.. Winters are typically cold with 12 to 24 inches of total snowfall.

The park gets about 16 inches of precipitation annually, most of which falls during the warmer months. June is the wettest month, while December and January are the driest.

Sudden and dramatic weather changes are common. Visitors are urged to dress in layers and be prepared with hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and adequate water for hiking. If rain is in the forecast, rain jackets and waterproof or water-resistant boots are strongly recommended. Checking the local weather forecast before heading out on a drive or hike is always a good idea.

Badlands Weather Averages

High temperature (F°): 34
Low temperature (F°): 11
Precipitation (inches): 0.29
High temperature (F°): 40
Low temperature (F°): 16
Precipitation (inches): 0.48
High temperature (F°): 48
Low temperature (F°): 24
Precipitation (inches): 0.90
High temperature (F°): 62
Low temperature (F°): 36
Precipitation (inches): 1.83
High temperature (F°): 72
Low temperature (F°): 46
Precipitation (inches): 2.75
High temperature (F°): 83
Low temperature (F°): 56
Precipitation (inches): 3.12
High temperature (F°): 92
Low temperature (F°): 62
Precipitation (inches): 1.94
High temperature (F°): 91
Low temperature (F°): 61
Precipitation (inches): 1.45
High temperature (F°): 81
Low temperature (F°): 51
Precipitation (inches): 1.23
High temperature (F°): 68
Low temperature (F°): 39
Precipitation (inches): 0.90
High temperature (F°): 50
Low temperature (F°): 26
Precipitation (inches): 0.41
High temperature (F°): 39
Low temperature (F°): 17
Precipitation (inches): 0.30

Last updated: December 1, 2020

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