KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

For Many, Cold Temps Getting People Heated



Bookmark and Share

We have been sitting in the freezer for quite some time now, but Saturday morning nearly froze the mercury in the thermometers.  A handful of record-setting overnight lows were observed, and it looks like these arctic nights will stick around for a bit longer before a warm up as we approach the weekend.
These are some of the temperatures from around SD (via NWS), those surrounded by a blue box denotes a new record.  This was cold enough to push wind chill temperatures well in to the -40s.



The funny part is that the coldest place in the entire country was Chinook, MT.  They saw a low temperature of -42°, but it STILL wasn’t a record (-45 in 1927)!   

Below is a picture of the guilty party, the jet stream.  The image shows its location and how it is oriented across America.  This ribbon of air is located around the same height as commercial aircraft, and notice the giant kink, that is basically opening the door for that Arctic air to flood southward.


A lot of people want to throw around terms like La Niña.  The data actually indicates that this year their isn’t really a case for an argument on either side for an El Niño or a La Niña.  Below is a running index of the El Niño Southern Oscillation, and things right now are looking pretty neutral as far as a classification of a Niño/Niña influence. 



As this cooler air sinks southward, it’s even reaching places like SoCal, Texas, and the Southeast.  This is a really nice image (via TWC) showing just how cold a lot of the country is right now – it’s not just us.  Meanwhile, Florida can sit back and laugh as temperature along the Gulf were sitting in the mid-80s this weekend.



Places like Texas and Arkansas ran into a big problem as this air mass slid in their direction.  The air above the surface was creating havoc with the moisture, not being able to change to either all snow or all water.  This created a lot of sleet and freezing rain and the images, such as below, look a lot like what happened in Sioux Falls in April.


Cold snaps like this occur a lot around the globe, and this year we find ourselves dealing with one here in the Upper Plains in December.  With the coldest months (on average) still ahead of us, we could see more records broken.  Climatologists with the NWS issue outlooks and this is what their calculations say Dec/Jan/Fab may end up looking like.  It looks like ND might have the best chance at seeing below average temperatures while those in/around Texas could have a good chance at seeing warmer then average temperatures.


Things are finally looking to warm up a bit into the weekend -- but for now keep the pets inside, keep the car warmed up, and bundle up the kids.
Back To Top
Weather Blog Archive
     

Mock-Ups Announced To Fix 'Ripple Effect'   story with video

Before the first act ever takes the stage at the Denny Sanford PREMIER ...

Thune Addresses Grain Shipment Delays At SD Forum

Republican U. S. Sen. John Thune says he is doing everything he can to ...

Name Change At Westward Ho Country Club

Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls is getting a name change. Club members voted at a ...

George McGovern Honored In Sioux Falls School  story with video  Aug. 28

SFFR Conducts Natural Gas Simulation Training   Aug. 28

Employee-Only Concert At New Events Center  Aug. 28

Man Arrested After Police Pursuit, 4 Car Crash  story with video  Aug. 28

Wisconsin Woman Dies In Crash Near Rapid City  Aug. 28

State Has Paid Out Over $2 Million In Settlements  Aug. 28

Judge Rules Against Libertarian In PUC Ballot Spat  Aug. 28

Oil Conference Planned In Spearfish In October  Aug. 28

Pressler Honors One Feather At South Dakota Wake  Aug. 28

Leads' Homestake Opera House Celebrates Centennial  Aug. 28

Judge Hearing Arguments In Disputed Candidate Case  Aug. 28

Woman Pleads Guilty In Sioux Falls Drug Conspiracy  Aug. 28

SF Police Chase Ends in Rollover, Arrest  Aug. 27

Portrait Of Janklow Dedicated To USD  story with video  Aug. 27

AZ Gun Range Incident Raises Questions  story with video  Aug. 27

South Dakota Tech School Gets $500,000 NASA Grant  Aug. 27

SD Lawmakers Explore Highway Funding, User Fees  Aug. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

Employee-Only Concert At New Events Center

Another big country act is booked for the new ...

Name Change At Westward Ho Country Club

Westward Ho Country Club in Sioux Falls is getting a name ...

Oil Conference Planned In Spearfish In October

The South Dakota Oil and Gas Association ...

Woman Pleads Guilty In Sioux Falls Drug Conspiracy  Aug. 28

Man Arrested After Police Pursuit, 4 Car Crash  story with video  Aug. 28

Mock-Ups Announced To Fix 'Ripple Effect'   story with video  Aug. 28

Judge Rules Against Libertarian In PUC Ballot Spat  Aug. 28

State Has Paid Out Over $2 Million In Settlements  Aug. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds, Kye Winter win home finale

Sioux Falls, SD-- The Sioux Falls Canaries wrapped up their 2014 home ...

Adrian wins big to start football season  story with video

The Minnesota high school football season kicked off Thursday night and the ...

Vikes finish exhibition schedule 4-0  story with video

Teddy Bridgewater threw his 5th TD pass of the exhibition schedule and the ...

USD prepared for track meet at Oregon  story with video  Aug. 28

Augie Vikings feeling more confident  story with video  Aug. 28

Kim Nelson looks forward to opener against BV  story with video  Aug. 28

Vikes, Bridgewater prepare for Titans  story with video  Aug. 28

Birds fall in 9th to Saltdogs  story with video  Aug. 27

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top