Weather Blog

Heavy Rains To Move In Overnight, Flash Flooding Possible

The Sioux Empire is under a Flash Flood Watch starting Wednesday at 10pm and lasting through Thursday evening. A strong spring storm will move in overnight and bring some places heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding through the day on Thursday. That Flash Flood Watch has been issued for parts of southeast South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota.

Severe Weather Returns to Sioux Empire

Severe Weather Possible Tuesday Evening

After a quiet week across the Sioux Empire, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a SLIGHT risk for severe weather across portions of the Sioux Empire including Pierre, Aberdeen, Huron and Chamberlain. As for Sunday, the main threats are large hail and strong winds however, that could change as we head closer to Tuesday.All ingredients needed for severe weather are starting to make their way back into the Sioux Empire; moisture, lift, shear and instability have started to advect, or move, their way northwards which will come together on Tuesday with most of the thunderstorm activity occurring in the late afternoon.

Recap Of Severe Weather on Saturday

Heavy Rains, Lightning, Hail but no Tornadoes... why?

Before Saturday occurred, we let you know about the severe weather potential across the Sioux Empire; a majority of the area was underneath a slight risk and a portion was even under an enhanced risk with wind, hail and tornadoes possible. There were plenty of ingredients in the atmosphere for storms capable of producing strong tornadoes however we were missing one key ingredient.

Very Dry Start to 2015, Signs of Moisture in May

Short and Long Term Outlooks Show Drastic Improvement In The Early Season Rain Deficit

It’s no secret that we have had a very dry start to the year and sadly that has slipped many of us into a severe drought just as we are getting into planting season. Some spots are more than 4 inches below normal to start the year when it comes to precipitation but signs are finally looking up.

Unseasonable Warmth to Last Through The Week

Plenty Of Sun and Warmth Over The Next Seven Days

Monday marked the ninth day in which we have recorded a high temperature of 70-degrees or warmer in the month of April and it looks as though April will end on an even higher note. Coming into Tuesday, we have had an average temperature of 50.3° in the April, which is 4.5° above normal. While warmth is not uncommon during the month of April, it still feels like we are much warmer than where we should be at for this time of year. Case in point, last April only brought us six days of 70-degrees or warmer and we finished with an average temperature close to average and we didn’t record our final freezing temperature until May 16th and our 5 year average for our final freeze isn’t until May 6.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins Monday

Now Is The Time To Prepare

After a quiet, mild winter, it’s time to prepare for our next season: severe weather. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm, a flash flood or a tornado, it’s essential that you and your family not only  have a plan in case the worst happens but also make sure you know the terminology that meteorologists use so that you know how to prepare and take action effectively. Across South Dakota, next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and KDLT wants to make sure you stay safe.Knowing the difference between a watch, warning, advisory and outlook is key during a severe weather event. First, an OUTLOOK is normally issued several days in advance and outlines an area where conditions WILL be favorable for severe weather. It’s at this time that you, at home, should start to make a plan. An ADVISORY is issued when a weather hazard is OCCURRING, IMMINENT OR LIKELY whereas a WATCH is issued when CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE WEATHER such as a tornado or severe thunderstorm. It is when a WATCH or ADVISORY is issued that you SHOULD HAVE a plan already made. A WARNING is when severe weather has been spotted by a trained weather spotter or indicated by radar and poses a threat to property or life. A warning IS NOT the time to make a plan, you should be already seeking shelter or taking the appropriate safety measures.

Rain Returns Mid-Week, Desperately Needed

Dry Conditions, Many Places 1.00"+ Below Normal

After a rainy end to the weekend, a few places in southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa received some much needed rain from thunderstorms that were moving through the area. Dry conditions continue to persist across much of the region, but there will be another chance for showers mid week.The dry conditions across the region have been growing more and more due to lack of rainfall across the region. Both South Dakota and Minnesota are nearly 100% dry; nearly 100% of South Dakota is suffering from abnormally dry conditions while nearly 100% of Minnesota is suffering from a moderate drought. The soil is dry due to drought conditions from a couple years ago and the current dry conditions are only helping the situation but there is a chance for more rain on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Rain Chances Return To Northern Plains

Over 90% of Minnesota In Moderate Drought, 43% Of South Dakota

As of March 31st, nearly 100% of South Dakota is abnormally dry with almost 43% suffering from a moderate drought and in Minnesota, over 90% of the state is suffering from a moderate drought. However, over the last couple of days, the atmosphere has been gearing up for a very active upcoming week. The Storm Prediction Center is calling for severe weather across portions of Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas because of a low pressure system that is not only taking its time to develop but will bring the Northern Plains a chance for some much needed rain.

Much Needed Rain On The Way, Help Dry Conditions

Over 80% of SD Abnormally Dry, 88% of MN in Drought

It was a mild winter, much of the snow that we did receive quickly melted due to above normal temperatures. Now that we are starting off the spring, the upcoming growing season is upon us and, unfortunately, most of South Dakota and Minnesota is suffering from either abnormally dry conditions or a moderate drought. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a low pressure system that will bring us some much needed rain.