In The Moment ... May 22, 2019 Show 581 Hour 1

Parts of western South Dakota have seen several inches of snow this week while the eastern side is experiencing plenty of rain. What are the expectations for the Memorial Day weekend?

National Weather Service Meteorologist Susan Sanders joins In The Moment from Rapid City, while National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Gillispie joins from Sioux Falls.

In The Moment ... March 19, 2019 Show 538 Hour 2

Aberdeen received large amounts of snow last week in the midst of hosting a state basketball tournament. However, the city missed out on the rain that affected southeastern South Dakota.

Aberdeen Mayor Mike Levsen says the city should be able to avoid flooding problems if there's a slow melt of the remaining snow.

Rosebud's Demon

Mar 13, 2019
South Dakota Magazine

In The Moment ... March 13, 2019 Show 534 Hour 1

The 1952 Rosebud blizzard and the flood that followed created conditions as dangerous as any storm in South Dakota history.

As another demon of a storm descends on South Dakota, writer Paul Higbee discusses his feature column "Rosebud's Demon" which appears in the March/April edition of South akota Magazine.

First Winter Storm Of The Season Hits I-29 Corridor Hardest

Nov 18, 2016

The first winter storm of the season is tracking across South Dakota and into Minnesota.  

The storm brought a winter weather advisory to parts of the west, a winter storm warning in Sioux Falls and a blizzard warning to the northeast corner of the state.  

Traffic accidents and no travel advisories are delaying motorists. One accident left a semi-trailer blocking northbound traffic on I-29 near the Vermillion exit.

Early Snow Could Prolong Spearfish Canyon Colors

Sep 12, 2016
Jerry Boyer

Spearfish Canyon is considered among the best places in the state to view fall colors.  

One man who tracks the color change each year says the Canyon is now at about 40% of its peak range. But the National Weather Service has forecast snow for upper elevations of the Black Hills September 13.

Storm Brings High Snow Totals And Messy Roads

Nov 20, 2015

Parts of southeast South Dakota saw 15 inches of snow today. Kyle Weisser is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He says the snow totals are drastically different depending on location.

System Brings Western Blizzard, Eastern Tornadoes

May 10, 2015
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

A winter storm dumped up to a foot and a half of snow on parts of the Black Hills over the weekend.

The same weather system also spawned a tornado on the eastern side of the state that hit the town of Delmont.     

Jeff Johnson is the Lead Forecaster with the National Weather Service in Rapid City.   

He says both the snowstorm and tornadoes were tied to a very powerful low pressure system.

Mighty Mo May Run Low

Apr 7, 2015

So far, 2015 has been warmer and dryer than normal across much of the Western United States and that’s having an impact on the Missouri River.

Amy Varland SDPB

Schools are closing early and events canceled as a winter storm blows into eastern South Dakota this afternoon. Up to eight inches of snow could hit the Sioux Falls area by this evening. The Black Hills area is expecting two to five inches of snow. State climatologist Dennis Todey joined Dakota Midday and said that it'll warm up again within a week or so as this season's cycle of temperature flip flops continues.

The National Weather Service is still projecting a strong snow storm in the southeast portion of South Dakota tonight and to continue into tomorrow morning. Meteorologist Kyle Weisser with the National Weather Service says the system has shifted its course a bit but large amounts of snowfall are still expected.

"There will be an access of somewhat heavier snow that should stretch from around Vermillion to Canton to Luverne, just a bit southeast of Sioux Falls. But the Sioux Falls area is still looking at about five to seven inches of snow," Weisser says.

The forecast calls for warmer temperatures near the weekend allowing for recent snow to melt.  Meteorologist Dave Hintz with the National Weather Service says he doesn't expect the snow to stick around too long.

The snow is beginning to fall in eastern South Dakota with some areas expected to receive up to six inches. Crews in Sioux Falls are already out and about to ensure safe travel conditions. The Sioux Falls Street Department has put a lot of planning into this years snow season.

Snowiest Year In South Dakota?

Oct 9, 2013

Preliminary calculations by climatologists show that 2013 is now in the running for the snowiest year on record in Rapid City. Although numbers are still being tallied, when combined with all the snow from last winter and this October storm, it adds up to just over 85 inches.

Strong Snow Storm Blasts Black Hills

Oct 4, 2013

Parts of Western South Dakota are waking up to heavy snow and wind today. Areas outside of Lead are already reporting close to two feet of snow. No travel is advised in many areas of the Black Hills - Interstate 90 is currently closed between Sturgis and the Wyoming border.

Matthew Bunkers is the Science and Operations Officer at the National Weather Service in Rapid City. He says the storm is intensifying.

Sioux Falls Deals With Storm Damage

Apr 16, 2013

Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether discussed the ongoing cleanup effort after last week's ice and snow storm caused damage, especially to trees and power lines, throughout the city.  He also talked about projects going on in Sioux Falls this spring and summer.

Post-Storm Gardening Tips

Apr 15, 2013

Norm Evers of Norm's Greenhouse and Nursery in Aurora talked about getting lawns and gardens ready for spring.  He also discussed damage to trees during last week's ice and snow storm.

Storm Dents Drought

Apr 11, 2013

As Sioux Falls chips its way out from under the layer of ice coating everything--West River residents are digging out from record setting snows.

The storm that crippled the state may have left behind some real inconveniences and even hardships.

But, SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports--it’s good news for the parts of the state suffering under severe and extreme drought.   

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Sioux Falls has already closed schools for the rest of the week. Partners in Sioux Falls’ Emergency Operations Center say now is the most dangerous part of this spring’s extreme winter weather.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras says he’s concerned people are going to rush cleanup despite heavy snow, slick ice and fierce wind gusts.

Record Snowfall In Rapid

Apr 10, 2013

The storm battering South Dakota has broken a record in Rapid City.   The winter storm that is bearing down on much of the state left 20 inches of snow in 24 hours at the Rapid City Regional airport on Tuesday.  Eric Helgeson is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service.  

"The previous record for the airport was 18 inches on April 22nd in 2001.  So yesterday was the snowiest 24 hour period ever at the Rapid City airport.  And it's going to keep snowing for another hour or two. At this rate so this is going to turn out to be an epic storm," says Helgeson   

Snow And Ice Storm Batters State

Apr 9, 2013

Much of western South Dakota is in the middle of a spring snowstorm.   Four to 12 inches have been reported across the area with the highest accumulations in the Northern Hills. 

Scott Rudge with the National Weather Service says besides snow this storm is also bringing unseasonably cold weather.

“Our temperatures won’t rise much more than what they are now.  Upper teens maybe so out here in Western South Dakota we’re looking at a lot of places setting some record low high temperatures today,” says Rudge. 

The winter storm that is being tracked is said to be in Southern South Dakota by daybreak. The heaviest amounts of snow are said to be in Northern Kansas and a large portion of Nebraska. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Chris Laughery caught up with Brad Adams, a hydro-meteorological technician with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. He begins today’s Dakota Digest by telling us where this storm originated.

Snow Storm Good For Skiiers

Jan 31, 2013

Snow is piling up across the Northern Hills. A storm blew through last night and blanketed the Lead area with more than six inches of new powder.  The storm ended late Thursday morning.  Terry Peak Ski area officials say although temperatures are sub-zero, conditions are favorable for skiiers.

Linda Derosier is the Marketing Director for Terry Peak in Lead.  She says recent winter weather is providing for knee-deep amounts on the slope.

“Well over the past three days we have received approximately thirteen to fifteen inches of snow,” says Derosier.

Singer/Entertainer Phil Baker

Jan 3, 2013

Singer/entertainer Phil Baker joins Dakota Midday to talk about his career and his upcoming concert. For 25 years, Baker has used music to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of young people. He has played guitar, sung, directed and produced shows, and keynoted events throughout the United States and places as far away as Australia and Costa Rica. Baker presents his latest show, "It's a Snow Day," over the next month at venues around South Dakota.

Weekend Winter Storm

Dec 10, 2012

Todd Heitkamp of the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls joined Dakota Midday to talk about the winter storm that hit South Dakota over the weekend.  Heitkamp said that South Dakotans can expect a normal winter this year.

First Major Storm In South Dakota

Dec 10, 2012

Parts of East River went through the season’s first major winter storm this weekend.  The storm snarled traffic that could move, and closed parts of Interstates 90 and 29 Sunday.  A stretch of I-29 remains closed in both directions from Sioux Falls to Watertown.  Kelly Seer with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen says a lot of elements made for a messy weekend.

After several weeks of above normal temperatures, strong winter weather is forecast for parts of South Dakota this weekend.  Kelly Sair is with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.

Snow Gates In Sioux Falls

Nov 27, 2012

Members of Citizens for Snow Gates Teresa Stehly is leading a petition drive to force a vote requiring snow gates on plows in Sioux Falls.  She says the group has about 8400 signatures and will submit the petitions to the city at 1 p.m. Tuesday.  Also joining Dakota Midday is Sioux Falls Streets/Utilities Manager Galynn Huber.  He says the city is studying snow gates in six test areas this winter so officials can make a recommendation in March on whether to implement the devices citywide.