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Where Is All That Snow?

Waking Up Thursday... You May Have Noticed Something (Or Lack There Of)

Myself, Joe as well as Alex started talking about a potential incoming snow storm starting as early as Friday of last week; that’s when our models started to agree more that a system was going to be pushing through the Plains towards the middle of that next week (now this week). However, what was still, no pun intended, “up in…

Understanding A Hurricane and Tropical Storms

From How They Form, To How They're Maintained and How They Break Apart

With the summer months and severe weather season coming to an end, a new season is beginning – hurricane season. With the Atlantic hurricane season starting from June and ending in November, the United States has already been hit by a major hurricane. Being the first major hurricane to make US landfall in over a decade, Harvey may have you…

There’s a 50% Chance of Confusion

What It Means When There's A 50% For Rain (Or Snow)

You’ve seen it before, especially during the summer there’s usually two or three days on the 7 day forecast that has a percent on it. Sometimes 10, sometimes 90… most of the time, it’s confusing to you at home what exactly we mean when we say there’s a 50% chance for rain today. So we asked you, our viewers, what…

Military Weather Vs. Broadcast Weather

The Differences Between Working For The Military And A News Station

As many of you probably know by now, in addition to working for KDLT as a Meteorologist, I am also a Senior Airmen in Air National Guard where I forecast the weather as well.  Many people ask me the difference between the two and which one I like better.  To start off, I love doing both equally!  Of course, they…

Evapotranspiration – A Fancy Word For Corn Sweat

A Big Word Caused By Something On A Molecular Level

On a hot, sunny day in the middle of the Summer have you ever stopped and noticed how muggy it feels outside? Like instead of living in the Northern Plains, you’re living somewhere tropical but… there’s no ocean around. So what’s causing it to feel like that? Look around, chances are, especially if you’re in the Northern Plains, you’re surrounded…

Much Of Sioux Empire Under Tornado Watch

Several counties facing severe weather threat

UPDATE: Around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening, a tornado watch was issued for parts of southeastern South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, plus parts of southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa until 2 a.m. A tornado watch is also in effect until 10 p.m. for central areas of South Dakota.  Follow KDLT Weather on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on these storms….

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,…

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…

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…