Officials Investigate Three Fatal Crashes

Dec 19, 2012

The Highway Patrol and Union County officials are investigating three separate fatal accidents on Interstate 29 in southeast South Dakota. The crashes happened Tuesday and reportedly occurred within an hour of one another.   

South of Elk Point, 27-year-old Angela Beth Snoozy of Emery died when she lost control of her auto, crossed the median and struck a garbage truck. 

Weather Not Expected to Hinder Holiday Travel

Dec 18, 2012

South Dakota still hasn’t received large amounts of snow for being halfway through December, but areas near the Interstate-90 corridor received more than three inches of snow and the Vermillion-Yankton region saw freezing rain Tuesday morning. Meteorologist Todd Heitkamp with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls says a storm system moving through Nebraska and Iowa will brush the southeastern corner Wednesday, but no other systems are expected until Christmas day.

Climate And Drought

Dec 10, 2012

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray visited with Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University Extension Climate Field Specialist in Aberdeen.  Edwards comments on South Dakota's weather in 2012 which has been extreme at times and the lasting effects of the drought.

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.

Water, Weather and Climate

Nov 19, 2012

Dr. William Capehart is an Associate Professor Department of Atmospheric Sciences at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He studies how weather and water interact and what it means for the overall climate.  SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with Professor Capehart to talk about the current drought, Hurricane Sandy, and efforts to create computer models that can show what a changing climate might mean for South Dakota.  Capehart calls himself a meteorologist with hydrologic tendencies.  Ray began by asking what he means by this.

Dust Bowl

Nov 19, 2012

Donald J. Berg, Professor Emeritus of Geography and History at South Dakota State University, has been researching the Dirty '30s for some time and has reached the conclusion that many writers and researchers may have missed the boat on presenting a comprehensive narrative of the Dust Bowl.  Berg also discusses the Ken Burns Dust Bowl series which premiered last night.

Precipitation Outlook

Oct 1, 2012

South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey talks about the state's drought. The state of South Dakota is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. With three-fourths of the state experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought, rain is needed to improve conditions. But Todey says the outlook for precipitation for the rest of the year is grim.