severe weather

Rapid City Regional Airport Re-Opens New Year’s Day

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Rapid City Regional Airport has reopened a day after severe weather shut it down. The airport said on its Facebook page Tuesday employees worked through the night to clean up after blowing and drifting snow caused Monday’s closure. The airport reopened about 4 a.m. Officials urged travelers to check with their airline on possible…

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…

Hundreds Gain Severe Weather Awareness Training

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Well, it’s clear severe weather season is upon us, and it’s always good to be weather aware. That’s why hundreds of folks from around the Sioux Empire rumbled into the Washington Pavilion for a special lesson. After three decades, the man leading the discussion in Sioux Falls is doing so for the last time. “A little bit…

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…

Thunderstorms and Snow to End the Weekend?

In True March Fashion, It's Coming In Like a Lion

“In like a lion, out like a lamb” is a phrase you may have heard once or twice; commonly used to describe the way March starts and ends. Part of what I’ve dubbed a “transition season”, consisting of March and April, March usually starts off cold and unpleasant and ends warm and more pleasant as the jet stream begins to…

Tornadoes Hit Northwestern Iowa and Southwestern Minnesota Friday Evening

Video of Rushmore Tornado via NWS Sioux Falls from Amy Christenson Friday afternoon/evening, a quick moving low pressure system skated through eastern portions of the KDLT forecast area. In its wake, towns like Melvin, Iowa, and Rushmore, Minnesota, are left cleaning up after tornadoes formed and quickly moved southeast with the system. The strongest tornado has been recorded as an…

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…

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…

Inclement Weather Closes Outdoor Pools In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.: The City of Sioux Falls has announced that all Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation outdoor aquatic facilities will be closed Monday, June 12, due to inclement weather. Those facilities are located at: Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center—301 South Fairfax Avenue Frank Olson Pool—4101 East 16th Street Kuehn Park Pool—2309 Kuehn Park Road Laurel Oak Family Aquatic Center—3401 East…

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…

Armour Residents Cleanup After Damaging Wind Storm

ARMOUR, S.D.- Residents in the town of Armour woke up to a mess after an early morning severe thunderstorm tore through the town. The National Weather Service says the wind moved through the town at 80 mph leaving trees and roofs tossed around. “Oh this is not good, oh this is not good,” says Deb Ledeboer, an employee of Bank West…

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: Lightning

Not Lightening... Unless You Want To Enlighten Someone

Lightning, Michael Rydland Severe weather season is upon us and this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week across South Dakota. Each day this week we tackled a different severe weather topic leading to our final day today. Monday, Brandon took a look at the difference between a watch and a warning. On Tuesday, I explained what goes into a severe…

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…