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Get Enlightened for Lightning Safety Awareness Week!

Know what to do when lightning is in the area.

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!

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

Severe Weather Possible Tuesday Evening

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

Heavy Rains, Lightning, Hail but no Tornadoes... why?

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.

Very Dry Start to 2015, Signs of Moisture in May

Short and Long Term Outlooks Show Drastic Improvement In The Early Season Rain Deficit

It’s no secret that we have had a very dry start to the year and sadly that has slipped many of us into a severe drought just as we are getting into planting season. Some spots are more than 4 inches below normal to start the year when it comes to precipitation but signs are finally looking up.

Unseasonable Warmth to Last Through The Week

Plenty Of Sun and Warmth Over The Next Seven Days

Monday marked the ninth day in which we have recorded a high temperature of 70-degrees or warmer in the month of April and it looks as though April will end on an even higher note. Coming into Tuesday, we have had an average temperature of 50.3° in the April, which is 4.5° above normal. While warmth is not uncommon during the month of April, it still feels like we are much warmer than where we should be at for this time of year. Case in point, last April only brought us six days of 70-degrees or warmer and we finished with an average temperature close to average and we didn’t record our final freezing temperature until May 16th and our 5 year average for our final freeze isn’t until May 6.