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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…

S.L.I.M – The Ingredients Needed For Severe Weather

Or M.I.L.S If You'd Like... Or Even L.I.M.S (Without The B)

Winter weather is now coming to an end, minus the occasion spurt of ice or mixed precipitation as the jetstream continues to move both north and south. The end of winter weather marks the beginning of my favorite season, personally, which is severe weather. From hail and tornadoes to flash floods and wind, severe weather can come in many different…

Snow Totals: March 12 & 13th

The Latest Snow Reports from Sunday and Monday!

March is generally the snowiest month of the year for most of us and through 12 days that has proved to be true! The snow has now moved out and the clean up across the area is already underway. Some spots that saw a significant amount of snowfall with places reporting double digit totals~ This is the most recent list…

The Troubles Of Forecasting Snow

Whether It's A Flake Or A Blizzard, It's Hard

When the winter season begins, a new challenge begins for meteorologists – forecasting snow. Enough of it can call off school, cause cities and towns to issue snow alerts and insulate crops during the winter months but whether it’s a tenth of an inch or a couple of feet, forecasting it is difficult. First and foremost, meteorology is not an…

Snow Totals – February 23-24, 2017

An Updated List on the Snow Totals from Wednesday's Storm

The snow has moved out and the clean up across the area is already underway. The heaveist of the snow missed the KDLT viewing area, but we still had some spots that saw a significant amount of snowfall. This is the most recent list of totals we have as of 4:15pm CDT, Friday February 24. f you don’t see your…

Heavy Snow Likely Thursday & Friday for the Sioux Empire

After Record-Breaking Temperatures on Tuesday, We Now Prepare for a Winter Storm

We have been treated to an extremely warm month of February across the Northern Plains and Midwest. In fact, this is the third warmest 21-day start to the month of February in Sioux Falls’ history. Places like Huron, Mitchell, Watertown and Sioux Falls haven’t even received any measurable snow in the entire month, and for those that have it has…

Record Breaking Warmth Expected Tuesday

70-Degree Temperatures Could Break 40-Year-Old Records

Just when we didn’t think it could get any warmer in mid-February, Mother Nature presents us with another chance at breaking records on Tuesday. Southerly winds, sunshine, and upper level warmth will all pair together to bring some extremely unseasonably warm temperatures on Tuesday, which could lead to the warmest February 21 since 1977 in some places! High temperatures on…

Potential Record Warmth Followed by the Return of Winter

High Temperature Records Could Fall this Weekend, But Snow Could Fall Next Week

Temperatures are looking to be WELL above normal the next 96 hours. It is really hard to believe we are in the month of February with all of this warm weather that we have been dealing with. Every day this week finished with a high temperature above normal by at least a dozen degrees and that trend looks to carry…

Snow Totals – Wednesday, February 8th

Mid-Week Storm Brings Some a Half Foot of Snow

A quick clipper system blasted through out area overnight last night bringing a new blanket of snow to many across southern South Dakota and northern Nebraska. While the snow didn’t last long we still had some sizable totals come through from the National Weather Service. These are the latest reports we have received as of 4:30pm CDT on Wednesday. If…

The Groundhog, The Myth, The Legend: Punxsutawney Phil

Every year on February 2nd, hundreds turn on their TV waiting to hear what the next six or so weeks will look like. Whether it’s six more weeks of winter or if spring will come early, it’s all forecasted and told by a groundhog named… Punxsutawney Phil. And waiting to catch the famous groundhog’s forecast goes back as far as…

Latest Snow Totals – January 24-25, 2017

An Updated List on the Snow Totals from Tuesday's Storm

Photo Credit: Jamie Tooker in Orange City, IAThe snow has finally come to an end and boy did we see a ton of it in some places. Snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour were recorded across southeastern South Dakota Tuesday afternoon, which piled up quickly. Tyndall, SD recorded 6.25″ of snow in just five hours on Tuesday! There are…

Significant Winter Storm Expected for the Sioux Empire

Ice and Snow to Impact your Monday Commute to and From Work

While everyone already dreads the start of the work week, this is a storm that gives us Meteorologists a case of “the Monday’s”… We’ve had a dry start to the year, despite a couple of quick hitting systems that passed through this week, but signs are pointing to Monday as our next chance at some significant snowfall. Winter Storm Watches…

Warmer Weather Ahead After a Quick Cold Snap

After Starting 2017 With Plenty of Arctic Air, Relief is on the Way!

Photo Via Mark KervinIt’s hard to think warm thoughts when we have had such a long stretch of cold like we have had, but finally, after weeks of anticipation, we have an extended stretch of warm air on the way! Trends are pointing towards a much needed warm up moving in very shortly, but before we get there we are…

Snow Totals: January 9th & 10th

Another bout of the winter weather this morning across the area. Some places woke up with some freezing drizzle, but most of us saw some decent snowfall. The heaviest looks to have fallen along and north of Highway 14. These are the latest reports we have received as of 10:30 PM CST on Tuesday January 10th. 5.0” – Kidder 4.2”…

2016 Weather: Year in Review

One of the Warmest and Wettest Years in Sioux Falls' History!

What a year we had in 2016, from the above average warmth, to the snow, and even the total precipitation, 2016 was definitely a year of weather extremes across the Rushmore State. As a state, South Dakota recorded its sixth warmest year on record according to South Dakota’s Acting State Climatologist, Laura Edwards. 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 In Sioux Falls, we saw something…