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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…

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…