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Two More Rounds of Snow In the Forecast

Saturdays Snow Could Be Significant Based on Current Data

After two rounds of snow moved through the forecast area earlier this week, some of us may be… tired of snow, to say the least. Unfortunately, there’s more snow on the way for the Sioux Empire; the first round of snow is going to move through portions of the forecast area on Thursday while the second round of snow is…

February 19th and 20th Snow Totals

Into the start of this week, a series of low pressure systems moved through southern parts of the Sioux Empire. Each one brought a round of snow. The first round started in the morning hours on Monday, and the others started during the late afternoon Monday into Tuesday. Below is not only a radar loop of some of the heavier…

Thursday Snow Totals

Radar of Snow Starting Thursday Morning Ending Friday Morning On the edge of an incoming high pressure system, the Sioux Empire received a healthy amount of snow as we began to round off the week of February 5th. Most of the snow fell during the afternoon hours, with heavier bands of snow located near Pierre. Below is a list of…

January 22nd Snow Totals

Photo via Jeremy Dean, near Yankton

A strong low pressure system moved through the Sioux starting Sunday through Monday, prompting blizzard warnings as well as winter storm warnings to be issued for a handful of counties. Here’s a look at some of the snow totals recorded from that event; if you have any snow totals or photos, you can submit them to KDLT Weather on Facebook,…

Say It Ain’t Snow…

Could The Sioux Empire See Significant Snow This Weekend?

After sitting underneath temperatures anywhere between 10-20 degrees warmer than usual, it’s hard to believe that the Sioux Empire could be bracing for its first real snow storm of the 2017/2018 Winter Season. A Colorado Low is expected to develop then move southeastern portions of the forecast area starting Saturday and, as it moves northeast, it could bring some significant…

Where Is All That Snow?

Waking Up Thursday... You May Have Noticed Something (Or Lack There Of)

Myself, Joe as well as Alex started talking about a potential incoming snow storm starting as early as Friday of last week; that’s when our models started to agree more that a system was going to be pushing through the Plains towards the middle of that next week (now this week). However, what was still, no pun intended, “up in…

October 2nd – October 3rd Rain Totals

We were expecting it overnight Monday into Tuesday and Mother Nature delivered – heavy rain. A stalled out front allowed plenty of moisture to be brought northwards overnight, with the rain starting to taper off Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at some of the rain totals that came in overnight! That overnight rain has put October 2017 as the 9th…

Weekend Rainfall Brings Impressive Totals!

Some Spots Across the Sioux Empire Have Received More than Four Inches!

It has sure been a gloomy and rainy stretch the last three days and that has resulted in some impressive rainfall totals from across the Sioux Empire. Storms fired up Friday afternoon as a cold front moved through and they have not let up! Showers continue to roll out of the south even this evening and more rain is likely…

Rain Totals From Weekend Rain

As you know, the Sioux Empire saw its fair share of rain this weekend as a stalled out front slowly moved off towards the southeast. The rain really began on Friday and slowly pushed its way eastward so how much rain was picked up over the weekend? Here’s a look at some of the rain totals coming in from the…

Understanding A Hurricane and Tropical Storms

From How They Form, To How They're Maintained and How They Break Apart

With the summer months and severe weather season coming to an end, a new season is beginning – hurricane season. With the Atlantic hurricane season starting from June and ending in November, the United States has already been hit by a major hurricane. Being the first major hurricane to make US landfall in over a decade, Harvey may have you…

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….

Tornadoes Hit Northwestern Iowa and Southwestern Minnesota Friday Evening

Video of Rushmore Tornado via NWS Sioux Falls from Amy Christenson Friday afternoon/evening, a quick moving low pressure system skated through eastern portions of the KDLT forecast area. In its wake, towns like Melvin, Iowa, and Rushmore, Minnesota, are left cleaning up after tornadoes formed and quickly moved southeast with the system. The strongest tornado has been recorded as an…

Rain Totals: Wednesday, August 16th

As well documented, we have been dealing with a severe to extreme drought across the area this summer and today we put a nice dent in that! Some very nice steady rainfall has dropped some sizeable totals across our area today, especially to the east of I-29. Below is a list of rain totals we have received from the National…

There’s a 50% Chance of Confusion

What It Means When There's A 50% For Rain (Or Snow)

You’ve seen it before, especially during the summer there’s usually two or three days on the 7 day forecast that has a percent on it. Sometimes 10, sometimes 90… most of the time, it’s confusing to you at home what exactly we mean when we say there’s a 50% chance for rain today. So we asked you, our viewers, what…

Perseid Meteor Shower To Peak This Weekend

Another Great Event for Sky Gazers!

Cover Photo via Alan Dyer/AmazingSky.com taken in Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan in 2016While there has been a lot of coverage on the upcoming Solar Eclipse, there is another popular solar event going on this month which will be in full swing this weekend: The Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids can been seen any night between now and August 24, but…

How Long Will The Cool Temperatures Last?

Much Of The Sioux Empire In An 80% Chance Of Seeing Cool Temperatures

This week has already been cooler than average – yesterday we had a high of only 71° in Sioux Falls.  The cooler weather looks to stick around as the 7-day forecast doesn’t even have a single day at or above average.  The high temperatures haven’t been the only temperatures affected as low temperatures have been below normal too.  Sioux Falls…

Slight Drought Improvement This Week

More Drought Relief In Sight!

August 1, 2017 Drought Monitor ReportThis summer has been a rough one for farmers across the Rushmore State as drought has ramped up during the hottest months of the year. Week after week we have seen drought continue to expand and worsen across our area, but for the second week in a row, our drought conditions have stalled or slightly…

Military Weather Vs. Broadcast Weather

The Differences Between Working For The Military And A News Station

As many of you probably know by now, in addition to working for KDLT as a Meteorologist, I am also a Senior Airmen in Air National Guard where I forecast the weather as well.  Many people ask me the difference between the two and which one I like better.  To start off, I love doing both equally!  Of course, they…

Extreme Drought Conditions Expand Across South Dakota

15% of South Dakota Under Extreme Drought Conditions... Part Of Possible Long Term Area

The bad news continues for corn and soybean farmers across the South Dakota; the drought conditions have worsened across central portions of the state with now 15% of South Dakota underneath extreme drought conditions. The latest data from the Drought Mitigation Center shows a small area of extreme drought conditions developing in south parts of the Missouri River Valley. Drought…