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May 8th Severe Weather Recap

First Tornado Report of the 2018 Severe Weather Season

On May 8th, a surface low pressure system was moving through the KDLT forecast area; during the morning hours we were anticipating severe weather to possibly develop into the early evening hours and continue through the early overnight hours. There was a marginal risk that was initially covering more of eastern parts of the Sioux Empire which was later changed…

April Snowstorm Round Two

It is no secret that the Sioux Empire has seen its fair share of snow this April. In fact, after April 18th’s snow, Sioux Falls is now at 5th all time for seasonal snowfall sitting at a mark of 70.4″. That is a lot of snow folks, with 31.4 of those coming in just this month of April. While we…

Recap of the April 2018 Blizzard

 Amy Odand Pat yourself on the back, you made it through the #BlizzardofApril2018; a powerful low pressure system moved through southern portions of the KDLT forecast area starting Friday and didn’t wrap up until Sunday. In it’s wake, it dumped over a foot of snow in some spots, nearly two feet of snow in others as well as produced severe…

Spring Outlook for the Sioux Empire

Spring Started Over 2 Weeks Ago... So What Can We Expect For Spring?

March 20th marked the start of Spring which was, believe it or not, over 2 weeks ago. Instead of seeing our first 70 degree day, the Sioux Empire continued to see not only cooler than normal temperatures but snow as well. Now that Spring has officially begun, what does the outlook look like for Spring (March 20th through June 21st)?…

The “Never-Ending” Winter of 2017/2018

When Will Spring Finally Get Here?

Spring officially started on March 20th with snow moving across the Sioux Empire only to return a couple days later. It seems like this Winter has overstayed its welcome, to say the least… but why? Why does it seem like the Winter of 2017 and 2018 has lasted longer than previous Winters, especially the below normal temperatures? The answer is…

Breaking Down Our Severe Weather Season

With Winter Finally Over, Severe Weather Is Ready to Begin

Via Chad Vis, Brookings 2017 Winter has officially ended for the Sioux Empire and Spring has begun (hopefully there’s no more snow but… we can’t rule it out quite yet)! Now our precipitation makes the transition from a frozen state to liquid as warmer temperatures make their way back into the area. Along with warmer temperatures moving northwards so will…

Early Week Snow Totals

March Certainly Started Off like A Lion

As the saying goes, March “comes in like a lion” and goes “out like a lamb” and it’s certainly living up to that phrase here in the Sioux Empire. A strong low pressure system, a Colorado Low now a Nor’Easter, moved into the KDLT forecast area early Monday morning and lingered through the afternoon hours on Tuesday. In its wake,…

Thunderstorms and Snow to End the Weekend?

In True March Fashion, It's Coming In Like a Lion

“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is a phrase you may have heard once or twice; commonly used to describe the way March starts and ends. Part of what I’ve dubbed a “transition season”, consisting of March and April, March usually starts off cold and unpleasant and ends warm and more pleasant as the jet stream begins to…

What Happened to Saturday’s Snow?

Waking Up... You May Have Noticed A Lack of Snow...

Waking up Saturday, you might have noticed that there wasn’t a lot of heavy snow falling across the Sioux Empire. Even though a Colorado Low was moving through the KDLT forecast area, and the KDLT meteorologists had been forecasting heavy snow, it wasn’t there. That might have you asking why? The answer laid to our southeast. Wednesday AM Futurecast Showing…

Two More Rounds of Snow In the Forecast

Saturdays Snow Could Be Significant Based on Current Data

After two rounds of snow moved through the forecast area earlier this week, some of us may be… tired of snow, to say the least. Unfortunately, there’s more snow on the way for the Sioux Empire; the first round of snow is going to move through portions of the forecast area on Thursday while the second round of snow is…

February 19th and 20th Snow Totals

Into the start of this week, a series of low pressure systems moved through southern parts of the Sioux Empire. Each one brought a round of snow. The first round started in the morning hours on Monday, and the others started during the late afternoon Monday into Tuesday. Below is not only a radar loop of some of the heavier…

Thursday Snow Totals

Radar of Snow Starting Thursday Morning Ending Friday Morning On the edge of an incoming high pressure system, the Sioux Empire received a healthy amount of snow as we began to round off the week of February 5th. Most of the snow fell during the afternoon hours, with heavier bands of snow located near Pierre. Below is a list of…

January 22nd Snow Totals

Photo via Jeremy Dean, near Yankton

A strong low pressure system moved through the Sioux starting Sunday through Monday, prompting blizzard warnings as well as winter storm warnings to be issued for a handful of counties. Here’s a look at some of the snow totals recorded from that event; if you have any snow totals or photos, you can submit them to KDLT Weather on Facebook,…

Say It Ain’t Snow…

Could The Sioux Empire See Significant Snow This Weekend?

After sitting underneath temperatures anywhere between 10-20 degrees warmer than usual, it’s hard to believe that the Sioux Empire could be bracing for its first real snow storm of the 2017/2018 Winter Season. A Colorado Low is expected to develop then move southeastern portions of the forecast area starting Saturday and, as it moves northeast, it could bring some significant…

Where Is All That Snow?

Waking Up Thursday... You May Have Noticed Something (Or Lack There Of)

Myself, Joe as well as Alex started talking about a potential incoming snow storm starting as early as Friday of last week; that’s when our models started to agree more that a system was going to be pushing through the Plains towards the middle of that next week (now this week). However, what was still, no pun intended, “up in…

October 2nd – October 3rd Rain Totals

We were expecting it overnight Monday into Tuesday and Mother Nature delivered – heavy rain. A stalled out front allowed plenty of moisture to be brought northwards overnight, with the rain starting to taper off Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at some of the rain totals that came in overnight! That overnight rain has put October 2017 as the 9th…

Weekend Rainfall Brings Impressive Totals!

Some Spots Across the Sioux Empire Have Received More than Four Inches!

It has sure been a gloomy and rainy stretch the last three days and that has resulted in some impressive rainfall totals from across the Sioux Empire. Storms fired up Friday afternoon as a cold front moved through and they have not let up! Showers continue to roll out of the south even this evening and more rain is likely…

Rain Totals From Weekend Rain

As you know, the Sioux Empire saw its fair share of rain this weekend as a stalled out front slowly moved off towards the southeast. The rain really began on Friday and slowly pushed its way eastward so how much rain was picked up over the weekend? Here’s a look at some of the rain totals coming in from the…

Meteorologists In Aberdeen Helping Irma Forecast

All eyes have been on Hurricane Irma as she continues to move closer and closer to the United States. Having already brought destructive and deadly winds as well as storm surge to portions of the Caribbean, in places like the Island of Barbuda. With nearly 100% of the island of Barbuda suffering destructive damage and 60% of the islands population now…

Understanding A Hurricane and Tropical Storms

From How They Form, To How They're Maintained and How They Break Apart

With the summer months and severe weather season coming to an end, a new season is beginning – hurricane season. With the Atlantic hurricane season starting from June and ending in November, the United States has already been hit by a major hurricane. Being the first major hurricane to make US landfall in over a decade, Harvey may have you…