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Recent Hail Damage Tops $2 Million in Deadwood

DEADWOOD, S.D. – Recent hail damage to public buildings in Deadwood is expected to exceed $2 million. Transportation and Facilities Director Tom Kruzel says a $1.8 million damage estimate involves only the 45 public structures in town, and doesn’t include city vehicles and hundreds of the city’s iconic globe lamps. Kruzel says City Hall got hit particularly hard, with damage…

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…

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…

ASK BRANDON: Why Are Some Hailstones Spiky?

The Science Behind How Hailstones Are Formed

  Facebook Photo: Kristen Dunn – Watertown, SD – July 11, 2017 Facebook Comment: Kristen Dunn: “I’m intrigued by the shape of the top one. Isn’t hail normally round?” ______________________________ Great question! In short, the answer is no. But in order to get to why, we need to break down the science of how hail is formed! Hail can come…

Squall Lines 101: How They Form and Why They’re Dangerous

When it comes to severe weather, a classic severe weather event is a squall line. A line of thunderstorms that can stretch hundreds of miles and bring fairly strong winds, lots of lightning, hail and even tornadoes as it races, typically, eastward. Let’s dissect how a squall line forms, how it maintains itself and why sometimes we see tornado warnings…

Large Hail Damages Cars, Homes In Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. – It was a loud one last night as a line of severe thunderstorms moved across the eastern side of the state. For those in Watertown, hail bigger than golf balls fell from the sky, leaving some major dents on homes and cars. “Every hood is hit, one side is usually hit pretty hard,” says manager at Krantz…

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…

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……

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…

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…