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Wednesday Evening Severe Weather Recap

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What a wild day it was on Wednesday. It all started with a very warm day with high temperatures topping out at 98°F in Chamberlain just 1-degree away from tying the record high of 99°F for Wednesday’s date. High temperatures were 15-20 degrees warmer that our normal and combined with the humidity we had the perfect ingredients in the atmosphere for severe weather.
Storms begin to form along a surface boundary which was just east of Aberdeen and sparked storms that brought some damaging wind and hail. A secondary cluster was in the western part of the state and trekked across the northern Missouri River Valley late in the day.

A line of storms “trained” over the same area which happened to be right over Spink, Faulk, Hand, and Clark counties dropping some large rain totals in just a matter of hours resulting in a Flash Flood Warning. Below is a list of the largest rain totals across the region.

More rain developed early in the morning in north-central Nebraska and moved northeast into southern South Dakota. That brought some heavy rain into areas along I-90 and even caused some flash flooding in Mitchell which can be seen in the pictures below.

This rain was good news for those across the state. It has been a dry start to the month and the latest Drought Monitor was issued on Thursday reflecting the conditions from Tuesday (Sept-17). Results were not so great as we saw the severe drought increase from 0.97% all the way to 7.5 with a bull’s-eye in the northeast. To add insult to injury the “abnormally dry” category increased from 58% all the way up to 70%. However, none of the rain from Wednesday or Thursday was included in this week’s report so we should hopefully see some major improvements with next week’s update. More good news is that more rain is expected Sunday evening into Monday which should help the drought as well.

Here are some pictures of the damage that occurred in areas to the northeast.

 Hail along Richmond Road. Courtesy: Lyrita Wilkie

Aberdeen Courtesy: Samantha Jepsen

 North of Aberdeen on Highway 281. Courtesy: Nicholas Juenger

 Haven’s Street and South Lawler in Mitchell. Courtesy: Rick Velin

For more pictures of the storms you can go to KSDN’s Facebook page at the link below: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.636748916346842.1073741831.160456140642791&type=1
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