Extreme South Dakota Weather


FEMA is continuing to help South Dakotans in the wake of extreme weather despite lowered demand for assistance compared to the beginning of the summer.

They’re also telling residents about precautions to take before another disaster of this magnitude strikes.

Pam Saulsby is a Media Relations Specialist for FEMA. She says having flood insurance is useful in all parts of the country.

Long-Term Heat Wave Causing Pavement Damage

Jul 22, 2016
Caryn Harrington

As much of South Dakota remains in an Excessive Heat Warning this week, road crews are trying to keep up with a common hot-weather issue.

With this summer’s extended heat, highway repair crews are keeping busy addressing pavement that crumbles in the high temperatures.  Department of Transportation engineer Travis Dressen says since concrete is full of water molecules, the road substance is subject to damage from changing elements.

Most Of Western South Dakota In Drought As July Begins

Jun 30, 2016
U.S. Drought Mitigation Service, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The U-S Drought Mitigation Service has released its drought map for the week.  A large section of South Dakota is dry, and getting dryer.  A large part of West River is in a severe drought category.

A fairly long streak of dry weather is leading to deteriorating range and pasture conditions and poor crop production in western South Dakota.  National Weather Service Hydrologist Melissa Smith in Rapid City says drought issues are prevalent west of the Missouri River.

Two confirmed tornadoes touched down in South Dakota Sunday night.  The tornadoes were part of severe storms that went through the state Sunday evening and overnight.  One tornado hit Campbell County in north central South Dakota.  Troy Kleffman with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says the storm formed what’s known as a landspout.

We all have stories to tell about the greatest blizzard on record … at least in the record of our own imaginations. For this week's Images of the Past, Bill Hoskins, director of the Siouxland Heritage Museumes, shares the story of the Blizzard of 1909 - forecasted via telegraph, traveled with the help of skis and bobsleds, and cleared with an early version of the snowblower.

PIERRE, S.D.  – South Dakota officials are closing Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls (I-90 junction) to Brookings effective immediately due to blizzard conditions. I-29 was closed at 3 p.m.

National Weather Service


South Dakota is under six different warnings and advisories today.  Those include everything from Wind Advisories to a Winter Storm Warning for the Northern and Central Black Hills.  SDPB Radio's Gary Ellenbolt visited this morning with Kyle Carstens with the National Weather Service in Rapid City.

National Weather Service

South Dakota residents aren't as cold as people in North Dakota and the northeast U.S., but conditions are still difficult in northeast South Dakota.  SDPB Radio's Gary Ellenbolt visits with Kelly Seer with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen about the day's weather, and the dangerous conditions setting up for the weekend:

Parts of South Dakota Bracing for Winter Storm

Feb 20, 2013
http://www.weather.gov / National Weather Service

Forecasters are tracking a severe winter storm that’s expected to reach the state overnight. Sioux Falls meteorologist Philip Schumacher says snowfall will be significant, but there shouldn’t be any strong winds. He says 15 to 20-mile-per-hour winds will cause some blowing snow so travelers should keep an eye on the storm before making any plans.

National Weather Service

Weather officials in South Dakota are warning of a very powerful storm to cover most of the state later in the weekend. Phil Schumacher with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says much of the state is in a Winter Storm Watch, with some East River counties in a Blizzard Watch for late Saturday and Sunday.

Northern Plains Facing Dangerously Cold Temperatures

Jan 30, 2013

Much of northern and northeast south dakota is about to go through the most severe cold wave in several years. Wind chill indicies are already below zero in parts of the north. Travis Tarver with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says conditions will only deteriorate further.

Tarver warns, "We actually have a stronger surge of Arctic Air that's gonna move into the region tonight. And it'll kick up the winds a little bit, and by Thursday morning, that's when it looks like we're gonna be in the heart of this cold air.