Archive for September 2007

Battling jet lag

Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 8:28 am
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  I am very lucky to be able to travel to Europe a couple of times per year for weather conferences, but my trips are usually short, whirlwind tours. The current excursion I am on involves quick stays in London, Madrid, Paris, and then home – all within six days. If I suffered jet lag on these excursions, my trips would be a bust. Over the years, I have experimented with some ways to fight off jet lag with a fair amount of success. Here is what I do, my advice to anyone hoping to minimize jet lag on a visit to the old country.
 
1. No matter what, you must sleep on the plane. On a day in which I am flying to Europe, I will generally make it a busy morning and try to get a lot of exercise before going to the airport. I also take melatonin, an herbal supplement that has shown to diminish jet lag in some medical studies. The melatonin makes me feel a little drowsy, but that is the idea. After takeoff, they normally serve dinner early in the flight, which I eat along with a cold tablet or two to give me additional drowsiness. A doctor will tell you that cold medicine is not a good thing to take, because it dries you out and makes you extra thirsty in the air. But for me, the benefits of sleep outweigh the need to drink extra water. Above all, avoid the temptation to stay awake watching the in-flight movie. You’ll be glad you did when you’re wide awake seeing the sights during your stay in Europe.
 
2. Wear ear plugs. My late father-in-law gave me this tip, and it really works. Get a pair of disposable ear plugs from the drug store and put them in when the plane takes off. You will soon discover how loud it really is on a commercial flight, and the silence created by the ear plugs will help you to sleep. Alternately, I sometimes wear over-the-ear, noise-cancelling headphones if I want to wind down by listening to a talking book on my iPod. The result is the same – quiet that helps get you to sleep.
 
3. Put in a long first day in Europe. Eastbound flights to Europe generally arrive in the morning, so it is important to get your body clock adjusted. Get out in the sunshine, do a lot of walking, and fight off the urge to go back to the hotel for a nap. Stay busy, and if you can, make it a late night. On the trip I am on right now, I deliberately scheduled a visit to a friend of mine who does TV weather on the nighttime news in London, so that it would be impossible for me to get to bed early. A long first day in Europe will pay dividends with the alertness you experience for the rest of your European stay.

Talk of Harvest Weather…

Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 8:24 am
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The rain from yesterday and early this morning came just about right…not too heavy and NO severe weather.  Here are the latest rainfall totals…which again proves how much rainfall totals can vary over a small area.  Depending what side of town you live on, Sioux Falls rainfall varied from about .25" to almost 1".   I forgot to empty my rain gauge the other day and didn’t get a very accurate total.  I think that dropped way down the list after Luke was born!  The family is doing well by the way…and I can’t believe 6 weeks have gone by since he was born…where is the time going???Say…one last thought.  If any of the farmers want to chime in about the harvest and how things are looking…feel free to comment about it here.  The weather and farming always go hand in hand.  My dad says he’ll be rolling in the fields either this weekend or early next week down in southwest Iowa near Atlantic.  Looks like a decent crop again…but some storm damage affected the some of the corn in the area which they are trying to get out early before it all goes flat.   Dad was fortunate and missed that.  I also hear the harvest is really picking up in SW MN and ahead of normal in a few spots.  Combining beans will be out today in most spots with high humidity and clouds to start…but there’s always another job waiting to be done this time of year on the farm….I remember it well!  Have a great day…Brian

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-18 
 Sioux Falls 3.6 ESE 
0.79
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 8:00 AM 
 SD-YN-2 
 Yankton 6.9 W 
0.65
0.0
NA
SD
Yankton
 

9/25/2007 
 6:50 AM 
 SD-MH-2 
 Sioux Falls 2.6 ESE 
0.61
0.0
0.0
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 8:00 AM 
 SD-MH-8 
 Hartford 6.4 S 
0.58
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-5 
 Garretson 7.3 WSW 
0.55
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 5:00 AM 
 SD-CY-1 
 Vermillion 8.5 N 
0.42
0.0
NA
SD
Clay
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HM-3 
 Hayti 4.8 WNW 
0.40
0.0
NA
SD
Hamlin
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-TR-1 
 Viborg 0.2 NNE 
0.40
0.0
NA
SD
Turner
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-UN-2 
 Elk Point 5.6 NNE 
0.39
0.0
NA
SD
Union
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-23 
 Sioux Falls 3.4 WSW 
0.37
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-LN-1 
 Sioux Falls 5.2 SW 
0.35
0.0
NA
SD
Lincoln
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-24 
 Sioux Falls 3.3 WSW 
0.28
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BK-10 
 Volga 0.4 NW 
0.25
0.0
NA
SD
Brookings
 

9/25/2007 
 7:30 AM 
 SD-MH-6 
 Baltic 2.4 W 
0.24
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-YN-3 
 Gayville 1.8 SSW 
0.23
0.0
NA
SD
Yankton
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-CD-2 
 Watertown 2.3 NNE 
0.19
0.0
NA
SD
Codington
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BK-7 
 Brookings 0.2 SSW 
0.16
0.0
NA
SD
Brookings
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BK-6 
 Brookings 8.0 SSW 
0.12
0.0
NA
SD
Brookings
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-RB-1 
 Sisseton 3.8 W 
0.12
0.0
NA
SD
Roberts
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-GY-1 
 Dallas 8.8 S 
0.11
0.0
NA
SD
Gregory
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BN-5 
 Martin 13.2 W 
0.10
0.0
NA
SD
Bennett
 

9/25/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-FR-9 
 Oelrichs 7.4 SW 
0.09
0.0
NA
SD
Fall River
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-DL-1 
 Clear Lake 0.6 SSW 
0.09
0.0
NA
SD
Deuel
 

9/25/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-GY-3 
 Gregory 8.7 N 
0.07
0.0
NA
SD
Gregory
 

9/25/2007 
 7:40 AM 
 SD-DV-4 
 Mitchell 1.1 N 
0.05
0.0
NA
SD
Davison
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-AR-1 
 Plankinton 5.8 S 
0.04
0.0
NA
SD
Aurora
 

9/25/2007 
 7:30 AM 
 SD-BR-2 
 Aberdeen 7.4 NNE 
0.04
0.0
NA
SD
Brown
 

9/25/2007 
 8:00 AM 
 SD-CM-1 
 Platte 13.7 W 
0.04
0.0
NA
SD
Charles Mix
 

9/25/2007 
 6:55 AM 
 SD-BL-1 
 Chamberlain 0.3 W 
0.03
0.0
NA
SD
Brule
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-DG-2 
 Armour 4.6 W 
0.03
0.0
NA
SD
Douglas
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-GY-10 
 Herrick 4.0 WNW 
0.03
0.0
NA
SD
Gregory
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BN-2 
 Batesland 7.4 NNE 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
Bennett
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BN-3 
 Martin 19.6 ENE 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
Bennett
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BN-12 
 Martin 17.5 NE 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
Bennett
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MC-1 
 Montrose 5.8 NW 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
McCook
 

9/25/2007 
 7:30 AM 
 SD-CP-2 
 Herreid 3.3 S 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
Campbell
 

9/25/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-FR-8 
 Hot Springs 1.8 W 
0.01
0.0
NA
SD
Fall River
 

9/25/2007 
 7:30 AM 
 SD-LY-10 
 Kennebec 2.0 S 
0.01
0.0
NA
SD
Lyman
 

9/25/2007 
 8:00 AM 
 SD-LY-12 
 Reliance 0.1 ESE 
0.01
0.0
NA
SD
Lyman
 

9/25/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-PK-4 
 Bison 4.5 SE 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Perkins
 

9/25/2007 
 6:15 AM 
 SD-MD-5 
 Sturgis 0.7 WSW 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Meade
 

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The story BEHIND the wind

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2007 at 8:32 am
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The wind will be the biggest weather story this weekend across KELOLAND…not exactly the best of news for your golf game I guess!  Wind advisories have been posted today for just about all areas of KELOLAND with NW winds of 20-40 mph.  In case you ever wondered, northwest winds usually blow strongest here in KELOLAND for a few reasons…some of which apply to our south winds forecast this weekend.First, there has to be a change in the temperature somewhere to get the wind to blow…whether or not that’s close to us or not.  Sometimes, we are caught in the middle and get wind as a result of clashing and contrasting air masses that help develop high and low pressure.  In the winter, it’s usually a cold low pressure to our east and warm ridge of high pressure to the west.Most of the time, the strongest winds happen during the daytime when the sun heats the air near the surface and causes the lower atmosphere to become a bit unstable.  The PBL (we meteorologists call that the planetary boundary layer) deepens in a strong wind event.  That’s the layer of air near the ground that you and I care about.  When the air is drier, that PBL can get very deep…often promoting the "mixing" of those stronger gusts to the ground.   The gusts themselves are often a result of friction with the surface.  Predicting wind also requires looking at profile of wind in the atmosphere.  If the winds are mostly unidirectional (from the same direction), it often promotes a stronger wind.  The drier the air, the better chance it will mix too.   Humid air can be windy if other ingredients are on the table, but often if it is windy, the highest humidity will get mixed into the atmosphere like a blender.And now you know more about the wind…maybe more than you needed perhaps!Have a great weekend!BK

Thursday's Weather Discussion

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 7:51 am
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An update from the KELOLAND Live Doppler Storm center…clusters of storms continue this morning in eastern SD and now into western Minnesota.  Most of the storms have produced nickel size hail along with some heavy rain.  Flash flood warnings remain in effect until 10:30 for areas just south of Webster where 2-4" of rain has been reported.  Here are a few of the severe weather reports from overnight.PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT  NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD  646 AM CDT THU SEP 20 2007     .TIME…   …EVENT…      …CITY LOCATION…     …LAT.LON     .DATE…   ….MAG….      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE.               ..REMARKS..   0610 AM     HAIL             3 NE FORESTBURG         44.05N 98.07W   09/20/2007  E1.00 INCH       SANBORN            SD   TRAINED SPOTTER    0614 AM     HAIL             2 SW HETLAND            44.36N 97.26W   09/20/2007  E0.88 INCH       KINGSBURY          SD   TRAINED SPOTTER   0650 AM     HAIL             1 SE CASTLEWOOD         44.71N 97.02W   09/20/2007  E0.88 INCH       HAMLIN             SD   LAW ENFORCEMENT   Now, additional severe weather is possible later today as a warm front moves north into eastern SD.  Strong south winds will transfer warmer air into KELOLAND too…limiting the thunderstorm chances in the south.  Right along the ND border would be area to watch.  SPC has a slight risk of severe weather today highlighting that area of KELOLAND where the warm front will likely interact with the strongest parameters of daytime heating and low-level wind shear.  This picture will become clearer through the day. And one last thing…here are some rainfall totals.  Our weathernet in Webster has 2.5" so far as of 8am

/20/2007 
 7:15 AM 
 SD-BR-3 
 Claremont 2.4 SSE 
0.94
0.0
NA
SD
Brown
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BR-7 
 Warner 3.4 SE 
0.92
0.0
NA
SD
Brown
 

9/20/2007 
 7:15 AM 
 SD-BR-2 
 Aberdeen 7.4 NNE 
0.67
0.0
NA
SD
Brown
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HY-2 
 Highmore 19.1 NNW 
0.58
0.0
NA
SD
Hyde
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-RB-1 
 Sisseton 3.8 W 
0.51
0.0
NA
SD
Roberts
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HY-1 
 Highmore 12.4 N 
0.27
0.0
NA
SD
Hyde
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HM-6 
 Lake Norden 3.3 WNW 
0.15
0.0
NA
SD
Hamlin
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-AR-2 
 Stickney 0.2 SSE 
0.10
0.0
NA
SD
Aurora
 

9/20/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HG-2 
 Pierre 1.6 WSW 
0.04
0.0
NA
SD
Hughes
 

Is it too early for frost??

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:37 am
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So it might seem a little early to be talking about frost, but I must admit it’s not.  In fact, some light frost covered parts of eastern KELOLAND this morning.  The morning low dropped to 35 in Watertown and you can see a little of the frost in this picture.And the way things are looking, another round of frost is heading our way for Friday night.  A cold area of high pressure will likely move in behind this cold front.  The computer models are telling us it should be around 1028mb…which in terms of air pressure is significant, but not out of the ordinary.  The timing of the light winds will also play a role in how cold we get, but all indications are patchy frost will be more widespread Friday night after daytime highs in the 50s (and that’s with sunshine).I guess the good news is the apples should taste a little better.  I’ve heard a light frost can really help ripen the apple crop.  The bad news is the gardens in the rural areas may be in a little danger…especially in Minnesota.  We’ll keep you posted as the colder weather moves in.  And before I go…see those red colors to the west on the graphic above??   Much warmer weather should move into KELOLAND next week, so don’t put the summer clothes away just yet!BK

Monday Rainfall Amounts

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2007 at 7:16 am
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I picked a perfect time to put down some grass seed ahead of this rain!  A good half inch fell over the Sioux Falls area the past 24 hours.  Here’s a list of the rainfall totals I have so far as of 7am.  I’ll add a few more as we get them in.BK

Date5
Time
Station Number
Station Name
Total Precip .in
New Snow .in
Total Snow .in
State
County
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9/10/2007 
 5:00 AM 
 SD-CY-1 
 Vermillion 8.5 N 
0.22
0.0
NA
SD
Clay
 

9/10/2007 
 5:30 AM 
 SD-JK-1 
 Kadoka 2.8 WNW 
0.30
0.0
NA
SD
Jackson
 

9/10/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-FR-9 
 Oelrichs 7.4 SW 
0.52
0.0
NA
SD
Fall River
 

9/10/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-MD-5 
 Sturgis 0.7 WSW 
0.05
0.0
NA
SD
Meade
 

9/10/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-PN-2 
 Rapid City 3.4 WNW 
0.13
0.0
NA
SD
Pennington
 

9/10/2007 
 6:00 AM 
 SD-PK-4 
 Bison 4.5 SE 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Perkins
 

9/10/2007 
 6:15 AM 
 SD-FR-8 
 Hot Springs 1.8 W 
0.69
0.0
NA
SD
Fall River
 

9/10/2007 
 6:20 AM 
 SD-MD-15 
 Sturgis 1.0 S 
0.04
0.0
NA
SD
Meade
 

9/10/2007 
 6:30 AM 
 SD-LN-5 
 Sioux Falls 4.7 SW 
0.55
0.0
NA
SD
Lincoln
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-AR-1 
 Plankinton 5.8 S 
0.35
0.0
NA
SD
Aurora
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-AR-2 
 Stickney 0.2 SSE 
0.36
0.0
NA
SD
Aurora
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BK-6 
 Brookings 8.0 SSW 
0.06
0.0
NA
SD
Brookings
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-BK-10 
 Volga 0.4 NW 
0.03
0.0
NA
SD
Brookings
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-DV-2 
 Mitchell 5.8 S 
0.35
0.0
NA
SD
Davison
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-DL-1 
 Clear Lake 0.6 SSW 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Deuel
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-DG-2 
 Armour 4.6 W 
0.39
0.0
NA
SD
Douglas
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-GY-1 
 Dallas 8.8 S 
0.38
0.0
NA
SD
Gregory
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-GY-3 
 Gregory 8.7 N 
0.39
0.0
NA
SD
Gregory
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HG-2 
 Pierre 1.6 WSW 
0.14
0.0
NA
SD
Hughes
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-HY-1 
 Highmore 12.4 N 
0.01
0.0
NA
SD
Hyde
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-LN-1 
 Sioux Falls 5.2 SW 
0.56
0.0
NA
SD
Lincoln
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-LY-1 
 Presho 0.3 SSW 
0.24
0.0
NA
SD
Lyman
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-LY-5 
 Presho 13.8 NW 
0.26
0.0
NA
SD
Lyman
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-LY-7 
 Oacoma 17.4 SSW 
0.32
0.0
NA
SD
Lyman
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MC-1 
 Montrose 5.8 NW 
0.29
0.0
NA
SD
McCook
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MD-4 
 Blackhawk 2.0 NNW 
0.05
0.0
NA
SD
Meade
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-5 
 Garretson 7.3 WSW 
0.33
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-6 
 Baltic 2.4 W 
0.21
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-7 
 Sioux Falls 3.2 SSE 
0.55
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-23 
 Sioux Falls 3.4 WSW 
0.53
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-MH-27 
 Sioux Falls 5.5 W 
0.52
0.0
NA
SD
Minnehaha
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-RB-1 
 Sisseton 3.8 W 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Roberts
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-TR-3 
 Marion 0.5 NE 
0.61
0.0
NA
SD
Turner
 

9/10/2007 
 7:00 AM 
 SD-YN-3 
 Gayville 1.8 SSW 
0.36
0.0
NA
SD
Yankton
 

9/10/2007 
 7:15 AM 
 SD-BR-2 
 Aberdeen 7.4 NNE 
0.00
0.0
NA
SD
Brown
 

9/10/2007 
 7:30 AM 
 SD-HY-2 
 Highmore 19.1 NNW 
0.02
0.0
NA
SD
Hyde
 

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Fall Weather Here to Stay?

Posted: Friday, September 7, 2007 at 4:17 am
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OK…so it’s not official just yet, but in my book, fall weather has arrived and it will really start feeling like it the next few days.  In fact, looking at the latest weather data this morning, some areas of KELOLAND may not get out of the 50s by Monday!  We are also watching cold air in Canada that will likely bring the first frost of the season to Minnesota and Wisconsin next week.  As for KELOLAND, it may not get that cold, but we still plenty of days to go to see just how cool some of this air will be.  It’s not all bad though…warmer days will be sprinkled in for just the perfect combination to get those colors to pop in the tree leaves!Have a great day!Brian Karstens

Severe Weather Outlook

Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 8:39 am
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A good round of showers and t-storms is likely later today in KELOLAND with the potential for severe weather.  The storm prediction center has highlighted much of eastern KELOLAND for intense t-storms possible later today.  A cold across central SD will slowly move east during the day, helping to trigger these storms…mainly after 4pm.  Large hail and damaging winds now look like the primary threats.  An isolated tornado is possible, but the lower level wind shear doesn’t look good enough for widespread tornadoes.  The moisture values are much higher today too with dew points in the mid to upper 60s ahead of the front.  The storms should be quick movers, but they may train over the same areas with heavy rain.  My best estimate of the severe weather threat would start in the late afternoon once the cap on the atmosphere breaks west of a Huron-Mitchell-O’Neill line after 4pm…with thunderstorms congealing into a line and moving northeast toward Sioux Falls after that…more likely into the evening.  With most of the forcing along the cold front, it may be hard to fire t-storms ahead of the cold front.  You’ll want to check out the storm center graphics page and watch where the winds are switching direction to the north or northwest.  That will serve as the obvious clue as to where the front is.  If a t-storm can break out ahead of the line, that storm would be more likely to rotate with more tornado potential.  You can download our wireless weather program to your cell phone to keep track of the storms today if you are on the go…I really recommend it.   -BK