Heavy Rain Brings Floods to the Sioux Empire

Some Spots Saw More Than a Half-Foot
Local Airport Reports from Monday's Rainfall. Localized spots reported heavier amounts. You can find the list below!

While many were hoping to see a glimpse at today’s Solar Eclipse, Mother Nature had her own plans. Strong storms with heavy rain moved into the Sioux Empire this morning and into the early afternoon bringing flash flooding across parts of Sioux Falls.

Radar Indicated Rainfall. Click on the Image to View in Detail

Radar indications have shown some very heavy rain across the Missouri Valley and along I-90. The bulk of the rain moved to the south of I-90 as it made its way east. This was the rainiest day at the Sioux Falls Airport since October 4 of last year when we picked up 2.53” of rain. After today’s rainfall, Sioux Falls is still 1.85” BELOW normal on precipitation on the year, but this put a big dent in the drought. We will have to stay tuned to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor Update, which comes out Thursday at 7:00 A.M. CDT to see how much it helped on our drought outlook.

Below is a list of totals that we have received from viewers across the area and the National Weather Services in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen. We expect to receive more Tuesday morning once all CO-OP and CoCoRaHS reports are sent in.

7.00” – Sioux Falls; 49th & Sycamore
6.50” – Sioux Falls; 57th & Cliff
6.20” – Sioux Falls; Harmondon Park
5.73” – Sioux Falls; 42nd & Sycamore
5.41” – Sioux Falls; 69th & Southeastern
4.43” – Sioux Falls; Rosa Parks Elementary
4.19” – Sioux Falls; 26th & Strabane
4.17” – Sioux Falls; 85th & Western
3.72” – Sioux Falls; 33rd & Sycamore
3.50” – Presho
3.40” – Pierre
3.31” – Sioux Falls; Willow Run Golf Course
3.27” – Sioux Falls; 69th & Western
3.10” – Klondike, IA
2.99” – Sioux Falls; Old Orchard Heights
2.92” – Adrian, MN
2.86” – Sioux Falls; 57th & Western
2.68” – Rowena
2.60” – 57th & Sertoma
2.30” – Brandon; Aspen Park
2.15” – Sioux Falls Airport
2.15” – Spencer, IA
1.89” – Sioux Falls; Cherry Rock Park
1.67” – Cherokee, IA
1.05” – Marshall, MN

**Observations are collected from a variety of sources with varying equipment and exposures. These reports come from the National Weather Service. Not all data listed are considered official.**

Brandon Spinner
Chief Meteorologist
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