Nuns Doing More Than Lord’s Work In Watertown

"Service just comes natural to us."

There’s a saying that goes, “prayer is asking for rain and faith is carrying the umbrella,” and depending on the day, you may catch these women with umbrellas in hand but their faith is always in their hearts. Three sisters from the Mother of God Monastery in Watertown are doing more than the Lord’s work in South Dakota.

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.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Begins Monday

Now Is The Time To Prepare

After a quiet, mild winter, it’s time to prepare for our next season: severe weather. Whether it’s a severe thunderstorm, a flash flood or a tornado, it’s essential that you and your family not only  have a plan in case the worst happens but also make sure you know the terminology that meteorologists use so that you know how to prepare and take action effectively. Across South Dakota, next week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and KDLT wants to make sure you stay safe.Knowing the difference between a watch, warning, advisory and outlook is key during a severe weather event. First, an OUTLOOK is normally issued several days in advance and outlines an area where conditions WILL be favorable for severe weather. It’s at this time that you, at home, should start to make a plan. An ADVISORY is issued when a weather hazard is OCCURRING, IMMINENT OR LIKELY whereas a WATCH is issued when CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE WEATHER such as a tornado or severe thunderstorm. It is when a WATCH or ADVISORY is issued that you SHOULD HAVE a plan already made. A WARNING is when severe weather has been spotted by a trained weather spotter or indicated by radar and poses a threat to property or life. A warning IS NOT the time to make a plan, you should be already seeking shelter or taking the appropriate safety measures.

Severe Weather Awareness Training On April 20

As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week activities, the National Weather Service and Emergency Management offices from Minnehaha County, Lincoln County, and the City of Sioux Falls are partnering to offer a severe weather awareness training session on Monday, April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Washington Pavilion.

Rain Returns Mid-Week, Desperately Needed

Dry Conditions, Many Places 1.00"+ Below Normal

After a rainy end to the weekend, a few places in southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa received some much needed rain from thunderstorms that were moving through the area. Dry conditions continue to persist across much of the region, but there will be another chance for showers mid week.The dry conditions across the region have been growing more and more due to lack of rainfall across the region. Both South Dakota and Minnesota are nearly 100% dry; nearly 100% of South Dakota is suffering from abnormally dry conditions while nearly 100% of Minnesota is suffering from a moderate drought. The soil is dry due to drought conditions from a couple years ago and the current dry conditions are only helping the situation but there is a chance for more rain on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Rain Chances Return To Northern Plains

Over 90% of Minnesota In Moderate Drought, 43% Of South Dakota

As of March 31st, nearly 100% of South Dakota is abnormally dry with almost 43% suffering from a moderate drought and in Minnesota, over 90% of the state is suffering from a moderate drought. However, over the last couple of days, the atmosphere has been gearing up for a very active upcoming week. The Storm Prediction Center is calling for severe weather across portions of Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas because of a low pressure system that is not only taking its time to develop but will bring the Northern Plains a chance for some much needed rain.