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Rain Returns Mid-Week, Desperately Needed

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.

Rain Chances Return To Northern Plains

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.

Our First Shot of Severe Weather Moving In

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.

Early Spring Snow Totals

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!

Much Needed Rain On The Way, Help Dry Conditions

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.

Cooler Air Returns As Spring Begins

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.

Unseasonable Warmth Continues As Spring Arrives Early

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.

Area Snow Totals, February 24 & 25, 2015

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!

The Extreme Cold Returns this Weekend

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.

Latest Tuesday Morning Snow Totals

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! 

Two Systems Bring Cold And Snow To Northern Plains

It's been almost a week since we've received significant snowfall but a Panhandle Hooker and a Clipper system will change that; bringing not only the chance for significant snowfall but also a very brief Arctic Blast.

Winter 2014/2015: More Like Spring

Meteorological winter starts at the beginning of December and lasts through the end of February and, while we still have a couple weeks left, this winter hasn't felt quiet like it should. It's because we've been running above average and dodging snow as well... all thanks to the jet stream.

A Recap of Tuesday's Winter Weather

We have had a little bit of everything across the area today. Many of us woke up to freezing rain, sleet, snow or even just regular rain showers. The biggest impacts were to the north where we saw over a tenth of an inch of ice. By the afternoon Mother Nature turned her box fans on and turned them to high. Winds gusts have topped 40 mph in many places this evening. Below are lists of the ice accumulation from this morning as well as this evenings highest wind gusts.

Pineapple Express Brings MoistureTo West Coast

It's been in the news lately for bringing much needed rain to the west, especially to parts of California where most of the state is suffering some form of a drought. It's called the Pineapple Express but you won't see Seth Rogen or James Franco in it. So what is the Pineapple Express and how does it affect us in the Northern Plains?The Pineapple Express is actually part of the polar jet, it's a southern branch of it. A high pressure system that is located in the Gulf of Alaska blocks the polar jet but during the winter it weakens. As a result, the polar jet sometimes forms a southerly branch, which is better known as the Pineapple Express. This southerly branch typically is located just north of the Hawaiian Islands and brings moisture westward from as far as Asia. Much like how low pressure systems move across land, low pressure systems ride along the jet and bring heavy rain to the west coast. These heavy rains occur, typically, over the course of days but, sometimes, it can last for longer than a week.

January: The Tale of Two Seasons

Right on the heels of that powerful Nor'easter that dumped over three feet of snow in some places across the northeast, it looks like things are going to feel a lot more like winter as we start February.

Significant Nor'easter To Impact East Coast

The Clipper system that brought us rain and snow last night is on track to produce a foot of snow or more to parts of New England, as well as wind gusts up to 70-80mph. But what exactly is a Nor'easter?

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