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Why Most Weather Apps Are So Inaccurate

Opinion: Meteorologists Still Have Great Value Even With Today's Technology

Do you find yourself relying on your favorite weather app that you can easily access from your phone?  Do you check your weather app everyday but don’t rely on a Meteorologist’s actual forecast.  It’s okay because many of us do, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!  I’m sure you have already found out how inaccurate weather apps can be,…

Drought Conditions Worsen Across the Area

The Latest Drought Report Shows Even Drier Conditions

Last week we took at the latest drought conditions across the state of South Dakota. Sadly, the news isn’t any better this time around. This week’s U.S. DroughtMonitor update, which was released earlier this morning, shows an increase in drought on all levels. Extreme drought, the second highest level of drought, has doubled from last week’s total. The table to…

Ways To Conserve Water During A Drought

With More Than 244 Thousand People Affected, How Can We Save Water?

Across much of the Northern Plains, especially in Montana and North Dakota, drought conditions have reached severe and even extreme levels. Starting in May, the drought conditions started to turn worse with little soaking rain falling across northern parts of the Missouri River Valley; from the 28th of May to the latest data on June 27th, the roughly 30% of…

Drought Expands Across South Dakota

This Week’s Report Shows an Increase in Severe Drought

Bad news for South Dakota Corn & Soybean farmers, especially those in central and northern parts of the state. This week’s Kubota Tractor Corporation “Precip Report” wasn’t good for as we remain at 2% for extreme drought, which was the same number last week. This mainly affects Dewey, Potter, and Walworth Rainfall Since Thursday at 12:00 AM counties, but also…

Overnight Rain Totals

Some Spots Picked Up Several Inches of Moisture

Late last night and into early this morning we had a complex of severe storms that moved through southeastern South Dakota, northeast Nebraska, southwest Minnesota, and northwest Iowa. These storms not only brought strong winds and large hail, but also some nice drought busting rainfall. Coming into the day on Tuesday, Sioux Falls was just about three inches below normal…

Severe Weather Possible Tuesday

Storms Expected to Bring Large Hail and Strong Winds

After a quiet and dry weekend across the Sioux Empire our atmosphere is looking like it might light some fireworks of its own, one week ahead of the national holiday. Severe weather looks likely into central South Dakota on Tuesday where we have a “slight risk” (yellow area in the photo above). Large hail & damaging wind gusts will be…

Storm Photos From June 13th

A low pressure system and a line of severe thunderstorms, as well as tornado warned cells, moved through central and eastern portions of the KDLT forecast area yesterday starting in the mid afternoon. We have received several pictures and put them here. If you have any photos of storms or storm damage, send them our way on our Facebook and…

Severe Weather Possible Again For Sioux Empire

After a severe end to the weekend, the Sioux Empire will, once again, see the chance for severe weather not only today but also tomorrow as a low pressure system lifts northwards; its warm front is expected to bring a chance for severe weather across the southeast, the triple point will bring a chance for severe weather across the southwest…

How To Avoid Heat Related Illnesses This Summer

All You Need Is Some Water And Some Shade

The official start of summer may be a couple of weeks away of still but the Sioux Empire is going to get another early taste of what summer feels like this weekend. A low-pressure system is going to pull up a lot of unstable air as well as bring some hot temperatures to the area starting on Friday… in short,…

2017 Summer Outlook

Summer Is Almost Here, What Will It Be Like?

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, meaning the start of summer is just around the corner! Most would say that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer as a most schools have ended classes and the weather begins to warm. The beginning of meteorological summer is June 1st and it runs until the final day of August. This is…

The ‘Trials and Errors’ Of Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force

Opintion: It's Not Easy Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force.

  Something you might not know about me, in addition to being a broadcast Meteorologist for the KDLT viewing area, I am also a Weather Specialist for the Nebraska Air National Guard at the 170th.  The two jobs couldn’t be anymore different.  Many people ask me what it’s like being in the military or how I got into joining the…

Sioux Empire Braces For Severe Weather Potential

It was a gorgeous Mother’s Day weekend across the Sioux Empire; plenty of sunshine, southerly winds and warm temperatures for all the mothers across the Sioux Empire. Even Mother Nature herself kicked back and relaxed, but now she is getting ready to bring us some severe weather. Possibly starting Monday late afternoon/evening and continuing through the overnight hours into Tuesday……

May 1st Snow Totals

Record Breaking Snow for Parts of the Sioux Empire

Photo via Kris Bishop – Volga, SD A low pressure system moved through the Northern Plains bringing with it, some heavy, wet, snow during the morning hours on May 1st. Record breaking totals have been reported due to this system that dropped more than a half foot in some spots of the area. Here’s a list of the latest snow…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Lightning

Not Lightening... Unless You Want To Enlighten Someone

Lightning, Michael Rydland Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we tackled a different severe weather topic leading to our final day today. Monday, Brandon took a look at the difference between a watch and a warning. On Tuesday, I explained what goes into a severe…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding

How Flooding Can Impact Your Life

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic. Earlier this week Brandon broke down the difference between a Watch and a Warning.  On Tuesday, Blaise discussed severe thunderstorms and what makes them Missouri River Flooding, 2011, Blair, NE “severe,”…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes

When Is The Peak Time of Year for These Twisters?

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic. Earlier this week I broke down the difference between a Watch and a Warning, while yesterday Blaise discussed severe thunderstorms. Click the links to learn more about those stories. Photo Courtesy:…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Severe Thunderstorms

What It Takes To Go From A Garden-Variety Storm To A Severe Storm

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic to help you understand individual weather phenomenon.  Yesterday, Brandon broke down the difference between a watch and a warning. Today’s topic is severe thunderstorms! This topic transitions very well from watches and warnings…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Watch vs. Warning

Each Are Different, What Do they Mean?

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic to help you understand that individual phenomenon. Later in the week we will link the previous day’s story in this location. Since today is day one, we have nothing to link…

From 80s to Snow Within Two Days

While It May Have Caught Some Off Guard, It Isn't Unheard Of

We are nearing Easter Sunday, not to mention we are nearing the middle of April. Despite the fact that the actual middle of April is a couple of days away, we kicked off the week leading up to it with snow falling across portions of the Sioux Empire. This coming two days after the same area recorded temperatures in the upper…