It’s hard to believe since we’re half way through May but some of us in the KDLT viewing area are already under a freeze warning overnight Monday into Tuesday.
Reports of Tornadoes, Heavy Rain, Hail, Wind, and Even SNOW!
Heavy Rain in Vermillion: Cover Photo Courtesy: Jake KaneIt was an active day of severe weather across the area on Sunday. From tornadoes to heavy rain and even FEET of snow! Here’s a look at what was reported throughout the day!
A damaging tornado touched down in Delmont, South Dakota early Sunday. Here are some pictures of the damage that we have received.
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.
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.
Where were you four years ago? Meteorologists remember...
Where were you four years ago? Meteorologists remember…
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.
Here’s a look at the latest drought conditions and whether or not we will see any relief.
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Strong Winds Across the Area All Day Tuesday, Here's A List Of The Highest
Here’s a list of the highest wind gusts from Tuesday.
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.
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.
Wednesday to bring many of us our first batch of severe weather.
The months of April, May and June are the most active months of the year for severe weather in the United States, and without missing a beat, the Sioux Empire’s first chance at severe weather in 2015 will come on April 1.
Some Places Saw More Than Five Inches!
A late season snow system moved through the area during the afternoon Sunday and stayed into the early morning hours on Tuesday. Here is a list of the totals that we have received!
Over 80% of SD Abnormally Dry, 88% of MN in Drought
It was a mild winter, much of the snow that we did receive quickly melted due to above normal temperatures. Now that we are starting off the spring, the upcoming growing season is upon us and, unfortunately, most of South Dakota and Minnesota is suffering from either abnormally dry conditions or a moderate drought. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a low pressure system that will bring us some much needed rain.
Spring Helps Transition From Winter To Summer
After spending 12 days under an unseasonably warm air mass, cooler air is set to move in as we inch closer to the official start of spring. After spending days in the 60s, 70s even 80s, the thought of snow returning may sound absurd but spring/fall are transition seasons so seeing flakes falling isn’t out of the ordinary.As winter ends and spring begins, the jet stream starts to make its way back north and warmer air replaces the cold, dry air mass that has been sitting over an area for the last couple of months. The same thing happens during fall, except it’s backwards; cold, dry air moves south and replaces the warm air mass that is typical for the spring and summer months.
Ridge Brings Warmth And Quiet Pattern
The first day of spring is March 20th, which means we have a little less than two weeks before we officially end the winter season. However, South Dakota, and much of the Northern Plains, will be under the influence of a strong ridge which means temperatures are not only unseasonably warm but they look to continue through mid-March.
Some places have seen more than six inches!
Here’s the most resent list of snow totals we have received. Don’t see your town or is the report not correct (it might be old)? Grab a ruler and send us a measurement!
Temperatures expected to fall 50 degrees from Friday.
The first 10 days of February started off warmer than normal, but since then things have gone downhill. Sadly after the gorgeous Friday we have another round of arctic air as the extreme cold has made reservations for the weekend in the Sioux Empire.
Heavy snow moved through parts of South Dakota early Tuesday creating blizzard-like conditions. Here’s a list of the latest totals we have received!