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October 2nd – October 3rd Rain Totals

We were expecting it overnight Monday into Tuesday and Mother Nature delivered – heavy rain. A stalled out front allowed plenty of moisture to be brought northwards overnight, with the rain starting to taper off Tuesday morning. Here’s a look at some of the rain totals that came in overnight! That overnight rain has put October 2017 as the 9th…

Rain Totals From Weekend Rain

As you know, the Sioux Empire saw its fair share of rain this weekend as a stalled out front slowly moved off towards the southeast. The rain really began on Friday and slowly pushed its way eastward so how much rain was picked up over the weekend? Here’s a look at some of the rain totals coming in from the…

Hurricane Season Keeping Local Travel Agents Busy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is rivaling past seasons for most active, and there’s still a third of the season to go. Residents were recently evacuated in places like Texas and Florida. But what happens when these areas are expecting visitors? Lorie Buus with All About Travel in Sioux Falls says unfortunately some destinations are destroyed. But…

Meteorologists In Aberdeen Helping Irma Forecast

All eyes have been on Hurricane Irma as she continues to move closer and closer to the United States. Having already brought destructive and deadly winds as well as storm surge to portions of the Caribbean, in places like the Island of Barbuda. With nearly 100% of the island of Barbuda suffering destructive damage and 60% of the islands population now…

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…

July 25-26 Rain Totals

Some Impressive Rain Totals From Tuesday's Storms

Some impressive rainfall reports coming in from storms that rolled through our area Tuesday afternoon and overnight into Wednesday. Some very heavy rain fell across southern and eastern South Dakota. Below is a list of totals that we have received from the National Weather Service offices in Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, and Rapid City. If you don’t see your town, that…

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…

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…

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…

How This Year’s Drought Compares

One of the Driest Periods We've Seen in some Time

We all know this year has been very dry so far.  In fact, the newest Drought Monitor map shows the drought has increased in coverage once again.  Here’s the updated Precip Report from earlier this morning. Over 350,000 people are affected by the drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  The question is, how does this year’s drought stack up…

Ways To Conserve Water During A Drought

With More Than 244 Thousand People Affected, How Can We Save Water?

Across much of the Northern Plains, especially in Montana and North Dakota, drought conditions have reached severe and even extreme levels. Starting in May, the drought conditions started to turn worse with little soaking rain falling across northern parts of the Missouri River Valley; from the 28th of May to the latest data on June 27th, the roughly 30% of…

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…

Hundreds Without Power During Severe Weather

Eastern South Dakota hit with mass power outages

According to Xcel Energy and electric cooperatives, more than 1,000 customers are without power in eastern South Dakota as severe weather rolls through the Sioux Empire Tuesday evening. Xcel is reporting more than 1,500 customers are without power in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas.  You can follow Xcel Energy’s website for the latest information on outages.  The South Dakota Rural Electric Association’s…

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,…

The ‘Trials and Errors’ Of Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force

Opintion: It's Not Easy Becoming A Meteorologist For The U.S. Air Force.

  Something you might not know about me, in addition to being a broadcast Meteorologist for the KDLT viewing area, I am also a Weather Specialist for the Nebraska Air National Guard at the 170th.  The two jobs couldn’t be anymore different.  Many people ask me what it’s like being in the military or how I got into joining the…

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……