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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…

July 25-26 Rain Totals

Some Impressive Rain Totals From Tuesday's Storms

Some impressive rainfall reports coming in from storms that rolled through our area Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday. Some very heavy rain fell across southern and eastern South Dakota. Below is a list of totals that we have received from the National Weather Service offices in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City. If you don’t see your town, that…

ASK BRANDON: Why Are Some Hailstones Spiky?

The Science Behind How Hailstones Are Formed

  Facebook Photo: Kristen Dunn – Watertown, SD – July 11, 2017 Facebook Comment: Kristen Dunn: “I’m intrigued by the shape of the top one. Isn’t hail normally round?” ______________________________ Great question! In short, the answer is no. But in order to get to why, we need to break down the science of how hail is formed! Hail can come…

Evapotranspiration – A Fancy Word For Corn Sweat

A Big Word Caused By Something On A Molecular Level

On a hot, sunny day in the middle of the Summer have you ever stopped and noticed how muggy it feels outside? Like instead of living in the Northern Plains, you’re living somewhere tropical but… there’s no ocean around. So what’s causing it to feel like that? Look around, chances are, especially if you’re in the Northern Plains, you’re surrounded…

Squall Lines 101: How They Form and Why They’re Dangerous

When it comes to severe weather, a classic severe weather event is a squall line. A line of thunderstorms that can stretch hundreds of miles and bring fairly strong winds, lots of lightning, hail and even tornadoes as it races, typically, eastward. Let’s dissect how a squall line forms, how it maintains itself and why sometimes we see tornado warnings…

How This Year’s Drought Compares

One of the Driest Periods We've Seen in some Time

We all know this year has been very dry so far.  In fact, the newest Drought Monitor map shows the drought has increased in coverage once again.  Here’s the updated Precip Report from earlier this morning. Over 350,000 people are affected by the drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  The question is, how does this year’s drought stack up…

Extreme Heat Expected Through Next Week

Temperatures Look to Stay Above Average

We have seen our fair share of heat over the last week or so. Aberdeen has already seen the triple digits three times this month, which is already three times more than what we saw last year alone. For the entire summer of 2016 Pierre had seven days in which we hit 100°+, and we have already seen three just…

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…