Weather Blog

A Break From The Dog Days of Summer

After several days of being underneath a very tropical feeling airmass, the KDLT viewing area is starting to see some relief, a break, from the dog days of summer. We'll start to see temperatures drop from the 80s to mid 60s for highs!

Cut-off Low Means Quiet Weather For Region

A low pressure system moved through the region yesterday, putting the eastern portion of the KDLT viewing area under the gun for a potentially severe weather afternoon. However, the severe weather threat was eliminated by cloud cover and as we go into later parts of next week, the low will become cut-off which means we're going to be under plenty of quiet skies.

What To Do If You Hydroplane

Heavy rains that fell across the Sioux Empire Sunday night caused roads to flood which then brought the risk of hydroplaning to those driving. With the chance of rain sticking around through the first half of next week, do you know what to do if you're caught hydroplaning?

The "Groovy" 70's Return To The Sioux Empire

With the passing of a cold front, the jetstream will start to move into a trough setup in which cooler than usual air will be over the region resulting in high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s for a couple of days.

A Rare Blue Moon Tonight!

We are in for something special and rare tonight/early Friday and the next time this will happen wont be until 2018!

Another Round Of Severe Weather Expected

After an active Saturday night, the atmosphere is gearing up for another round of severe weather with portions of the KDLT viewing area in an enhanced risk for Monday afternoon and evening.

Advisory, Watch and Warning, A Reminder

Even though we are well into severe weather season, it is important to keep up-to-date on terms like watch, warning and advisory as well as know what the colors are for each.

Heatwave Expected This Weekend

Our first real long lasting heatwave is set to move in over weekend and it is bringing some heat that some of us haven’t seen in nearly three years! 

Get Enlightened for Lightning Safety Awareness Week!

Humans are very strange creatures, especially when it comes to weather.  We are naturally fascinated by the sky and its demeanor, perhaps it is something programmed in our DNA.  It was probably vital to our success as hunter/gatherers - before we had such luxuries as heated homes, refrigeration, and lasagna.  Now with the introduction of smart phones and social media, we have citizen journalists in just about every home.  That can be great for getting out weather alerts and warnings, but it also causes unneeded exposure to dangerous elements.  One of those elements, lightning, is deadly and unpredictable.  That’s why this week is Lightning Safety Awareness Week!

A Recap of Monday Morning’s Severe Storms

Early Monday morning a strong complex of storms moved through the area bringing some very strong winds and causing some heavy damage. Storms developed late in the day on Sunday and pushed east overnight. Below is a timeline of the storms and how fast they moved. Starting near Pierre around 2:30 a.m. and spanning 190 mile to impact Sioux Falls just a little over two hours later. That is an average of around 85 mph!

Severe Weather Expected Early Monday Morning

It's been a very active and even deadly Father's Day weekend across the Sioux Empire with strong storms moving through the region Friday night into early Saturday morning. Though we had a quiet Saturday, we are expecting another round of severe weather to move through the region as we end Father's Day.

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

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

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.

Impressive Friday Morning Rain Totals

If you weren’t up early enough you may not have known we had some rain across southeastern parts of the area. Not only did we get some rain, some places saw sizable totals over 1.50”! Storms formed around 3am and while they didn’t last long, the sure provided a punch. Here is a list of totals that we have received from the National Weather Service.

Where's The Severe Weather?

As you know, we have been in severe weather season for quiet some time however, after an active start in the region and across the United States, the severe weather threat has diminished across our area but why is that?

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