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Severe Weather Possible Tuesday

Storms Expected to Bring Large Hail and Strong Winds

After a quiet and dry weekend across the Sioux Empire our atmosphere is looking like it might light some fireworks of its own, one week ahead of the national holiday. Severe weather looks likely into central South Dakota on Tuesday where we have a “slight risk” (yellow area in the photo above). Large hail & damaging wind gusts will be…

Storm Photos From June 13th

A low pressure system and a line of severe thunderstorms, as well as tornado warned cells, moved through central and eastern portions of the KDLT forecast area yesterday starting in the mid afternoon. We have received several pictures and put them here. If you have any photos of storms or storm damage, send them our way on our Facebook and…

Severe Weather Possible Again For Sioux Empire

After a severe end to the weekend, the Sioux Empire will, once again, see the chance for severe weather not only today but also tomorrow as a low pressure system lifts northwards; its warm front is expected to bring a chance for severe weather across the southeast, the triple point will bring a chance for severe weather across the southwest…

How To Avoid Heat Related Illnesses This Summer

All You Need Is Some Water And Some Shade

The official start of summer may be a couple of weeks away of still but the Sioux Empire is going to get another early taste of what summer feels like this weekend. A low-pressure system is going to pull up a lot of unstable air as well as bring some hot temperatures to the area starting on Friday… in short,…

2017 Summer Outlook

Summer Is Almost Here, What Will It Be Like?

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, meaning the start of summer is just around the corner! Most would say that Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer as a most schools have ended classes and the weather begins to warm. The beginning of meteorological summer is June 1st and it runs until the final day of August. This is…

The ‘Trials and Errors’ Of Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force

Opintion: It's Not Easy Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force.

  Something you might not know about me, in addition to being a broadcast Meteorologist for the KDLT viewing area, I am also a Weather Specialist for the Nebraska Air National Guard at the 170th.  The two jobs couldn’t be anymore different.  Many people ask me what it’s like being in the military or how I got into joining the…

Sioux Empire Braces For Severe Weather Potential

It was a gorgeous Mother’s Day weekend across the Sioux Empire; plenty of sunshine, southerly winds and warm temperatures for all the mothers across the Sioux Empire. Even Mother Nature herself kicked back and relaxed, but now she is getting ready to bring us some severe weather. Possibly starting Monday late afternoon/evening and continuing through the overnight hours into Tuesday……

May 1st Snow Totals

Record Breaking Snow for Parts of the Sioux Empire

Photo via Kris Bishop – Volga, SD A low pressure system moved through the Northern Plains bringing with it, some heavy, wet, snow during the morning hours on May 1st. Record breaking totals have been reported due to this system that dropped more than a half foot in some spots of the area. Here’s a list of the latest snow…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Lightning

Not Lightening... Unless You Want To Enlighten Someone

Lightning, Michael Rydland Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we tackled a different severe weather topic leading to our final day today. Monday, Brandon took a look at the difference between a watch and a warning. On Tuesday, I explained what goes into a severe…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding

How Flooding Can Impact Your Life

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic. Earlier this week Brandon broke down the difference between a Watch and a Warning.  On Tuesday, Blaise discussed severe thunderstorms and what makes them Missouri River Flooding, 2011, Blair, NE “severe,”…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornadoes

When Is The Peak Time of Year for These Twisters?

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic. Earlier this week I broke down the difference between a Watch and a Warning, while yesterday Blaise discussed severe thunderstorms. Click the links to learn more about those stories. Photo Courtesy:…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Severe Thunderstorms

What It Takes To Go From A Garden-Variety Storm To A Severe Storm

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic to help you understand individual weather phenomenon.  Yesterday, Brandon broke down the difference between a watch and a warning. Today’s topic is severe thunderstorms! This topic transitions very well from watches and warnings…

Severe Weather Awareness Week: Watch vs. Warning

Each Are Different, What Do they Mean?

Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we will tackle a different severe weather topic to help you understand that individual phenomenon. Later in the week we will link the previous day’s story in this location. Since today is day one, we have nothing to link…

From 80s to Snow Within Two Days

While It May Have Caught Some Off Guard, It Isn't Unheard Of

We are nearing Easter Sunday, not to mention we are nearing the middle of April. Despite the fact that the actual middle of April is a couple of days away, we kicked off the week leading up to it with snow falling across portions of the Sioux Empire. This coming two days after the same area recorded temperatures in the upper…

S.L.I.M – The Ingredients Needed For Severe Weather

Or M.I.L.S If You'd Like... Or Even L.I.M.S (Without The B)

Winter weather is now coming to an end, minus the occasion spurt of ice or mixed precipitation as the jetstream continues to move both north and south. The end of winter weather marks the beginning of my favorite season, personally, which is severe weather. From hail and tornadoes to flash floods and wind, severe weather can come in many different…

Snow Totals: March 12 & 13th

The Latest Snow Reports from Sunday and Monday!

March is generally the snowiest month of the year for most of us and through 12 days that has proved to be true! The snow has now moved out and the clean up across the area is already underway. Some spots that saw a significant amount of snowfall with places reporting double digit totals~ This is the most recent list…

The Troubles Of Forecasting Snow

Whether It's A Flake Or A Blizzard, It's Hard

When the winter season begins, a new challenge begins for meteorologists – forecasting snow. Enough of it can call off school, cause cities and towns to issue snow alerts and insulate crops during the winter months but whether it’s a tenth of an inch or a couple of feet, forecasting it is difficult. First and foremost, meteorology is not an…

Snow Totals – February 23-24, 2017

An Updated List on the Snow Totals from Wednesday's Storm

The snow has moved out and the clean up across the area is already underway. The heaveist of the snow missed the KDLT viewing area, but we still had some spots that saw a significant amount of snowfall. This is the most recent list of totals we have as of 4:15pm CDT, Friday February 24. f you don’t see your…

Heavy Snow Likely Thursday & Friday for the Sioux Empire

After Record-Breaking Temperatures on Tuesday, We Now Prepare for a Winter Storm

We have been treated to an extremely warm month of February across the Northern Plains and Midwest. In fact, this is the third warmest 21-day start to the month of February in Sioux Falls’ history. Places like Huron, Mitchell, Watertown and Sioux Falls haven’t even received any measurable snow in the entire month, and for those that have it has…