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Snow Totals and How to Measure Snow (Video)

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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1115 AM     SNOW             IVANHOE                 44.46N 96.25W02/26/2009  E3.0 INCH        LINCOLN            MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT1120 AM     SNOW             4 N CURRIE              44.13N 95.67W02/26/2009  M3.5 INCH        MURRAY             MN   TRAINED SPOTTER1120 AM     SNOW             MARSHALL                44.45N 95.79W02/26/2009  M3.5 INCH        LYON               MN   LAW ENFORCEMENT1125 AM     HEAVY SNOW       5 S REE HEIGHTS         44.44N 99.20W02/26/2009  M7.0 INCH        HAND               SD   CO-OP OBSERVER1200 AM     FREEZING RAIN    MURDO                   43.89N 100.71W02/26/2009  E0.00 INCH       JONES              SD   CO-OP OBSERVER            1/4 INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION1057 AM     HEAVY SNOW       EUREKA                  45.77N 99.62W02/26/2009  M13.0 INCH       MCPHERSON          SD   CO-OP OBSERVER            STILL SNOWING  SHADEHILL                                16.0  PRAIRIE CITY                             15.0  POLLOCK                                  14.0  4 SSW REVA                               12.0  1 WSW PRAIRIE CITY                       12.0  4 NNE VICTOR                             12.0  EUREKA                                   12.0  NNE BISON                                10.0  HOSMER                                   10.0  REDFIELD                                 10.0  9 WSW MCINTOSH                           10.0  MCLAUGHLIN                               10.5  ROSCOE                                    9.2  6 ENE LODGEPOLE                           8.3  12 WSW LEMMON                             8.1  LEMMON 12.5 WSW                           8.1  SE BUFFALO                                8.0  LEMMON                                    8.0  1 NNE BUFFALO                             8.0  9 NNW REDIG                               8.0  7 SSE BISON                               8.0  TIMBER LAKE                               8.0  CRESBARD                                  8.0  SELBY                                     8.0  4 NE BISON                                7.8  BISON 4.5 SE                              7.8  LEMMON 11.2 SW                            7.7  1 S COLUMBIA                              7.1  TURTON                                    7.0  ABERDEEN 1.5 SSW                          7.0  8 NE COLUMBIA                             6.5  ROSCOE                                    6.2  ABERDEEN                                  6.1  HOVEN                                     6.0  10 SW MILLER                              6.0  5 E BRADLEY                               6.0  FLORENCE                                  6.0  TWIN BROOKS                               6.0  PIERPONT                                  6.0  MILLER                                    6.0  SISSETON                                  6.0  COLUMBIA                                  6.0  MOBRIDGE                                  6.0  GETTYSBURG 14.7 NNW                       6.0  ABERDEEN 0.3 NE                           6.0  WARNER 3.4 SE                             6.0  VICTOR                                    6.0  DOLAND                                    5.7  3 SSE SORUM                               5.0  MOBRIDGE                                  5.0  SISSETON 10.4 ENE                         5.0  ABERDEEN WFO                              4.8  WILMOT                                    4.5  3 WSW HITCHCOCK                           4.5  WILMONT                                   4.5  GETTYSBURG                                4.3  HOOVER                                    4.0  FAULKTON                                  4.0  CLARK                                     4.0  MCLAUGHLIN                                4.0  3 W SISSETON                              3.8  SISSETON 3.8 W                            3.8  CLARK                                     3.8  SSE DOWNTOWN BELLE FOUR                   3.5  HURON                                     3.5  BELLE FOURCHE 0.9 SSE                     3.5  4 NNW WHITEWOOD                           3.4  WHITEWOOD 4.2 NNW                         3.4  IROQUOIS                                  3.0  SPEARFISH 0.6 E                           2.9  LEAD 5.5 SSW                              2.7  HURON AIRPORT                             2.3  4 ESE FAITH                               2.0  2 ENE NEWELL                              2.0  19 NNW HIGHMORE                           2.0  WESSINGTON SPRINGS                        2.0  6 NNW WHITE                               2.0  HIGHMORE 19.1 NNW                         2.0  NEWELL 2.8 ENE                            2.0  HIGHMORE 12.4 N                           2.0  PACTOLA DAM                               1.8  RAPID CITY 3.4 WNW                        1.7  2 SSE ONIDA                               1.5  MADISON                                   1.5  ARLINGTON                                 1.5  ONIDA 1.6 SSE                             1.5  RAPID CITY 2.4 WNW                        1.3  2 NE BROOKINGS                            1.1  3 SSW DOWNTOWN RAPID CI                   1.0  PIERRE                                    1.0  GREGORY                                   1.0  ONIDA 0.2 N                               1.0  RAPID CITY 3.3 SSW                        1.0  GREGORY                                   1.0  SSW BROOKINGS                             0.9

Sioux Falls Snow Video

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 10:32 am
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I jumped outside for a few minutes to capture some video of the snow in Sioux Falls.  It didn’t last long but was pretty heavy for the short period that it fell.  We also had some sleet and freezing rain in Sioux Falls.  Stay tuned for an update on snowfall totals…

Feb. 25th…Latest on Winter Storm

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 8:31 am
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The weather is about to get more interesting the next 24-48 hours.  Winter storm watches and warnings are already in effect for much of KELOLAND starting late tonight into tomorrow.This map will update and change through the day as we refine the forecast.This storm will develop right over us…so at least as of mid morning, there isn’t much to see on the radar upstream just yet.  Futurescan shows how the snow and freezing rain will develop first in western SD.  WIth warmer temperatures in this area, freezing rain could be biggest issue in the early stages of the precipitation.The system will rapidly develop overnight, spreading snow across the north…with a mixture of sleet, freezing rain, and snow in the south tomorrow morning.  Heavy snow will be most likely along the highway 14 area…but keep in mind the winter storm warning extends all the way north to the North Dakota border.  Sioux Falls will likely see a slippery mix early in the morning before transitioning to snow as temperatures drop through the day.Snow will continue into the late morning and afternoon…with brisk and blustery winds from the northeast at 15-30mph.  Some blowing snow can be expected.  Temperatures will be coldest in the north, where to snow will be more powdery and more likely to blow around.Our snowfall forecast call for 4-8" through northwest, central and east-central SD…with locally heavier amounts possible.  There still could be a slight shift to this snowfall map…so stay tuned through the day.  Sioux Falls will be closer to the southern edge…where 1-3" will be more likely.Freezing rain and sleet accumulations are also possible…and may cause some travel problems early in the day…especially into NW IA and areas closer to I-90.   We’ll have more information through the day…stay tuned.

Quick Forecast Update (Video)

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm
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Just a quick look ahead at the weeks forecast… not a lot going on but possibly some snow for the middle of the week.  I show you a look at some of the latest forecast information we are looking at to put together our forecast.

My History at KELO

Posted: Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm
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I guess you can say that I got a young start at KELO!  If you didn’t get a chance to see this picture on our Saturday morning show I thought I would share…  The picture below is of me and my brother Jon with Captain 11 (I am the masculine looking one on the left!), looking at my age I have to believe this picture was taken in either ’86 or ’87.  I was here because my grandparents have lived in Sioux Falls for as long as I can remember.  We ended up spending a couple of weeks each summer in Sioux Falls and up around Lake Preston where a lot of my family still farms.  I don’t remember a whole lot about this trip to KELO with my Grandma although I have to admit that when I first walked into the station during my job interview I had flashbacks and recognized some things from my first trip here…  Hopefully you enjoy the picture and thank you to my grandparents for passing along the picture to me!After doing a little more research it turns out that both my parents were also on the Captain 11 show.  Now I just need to track down those pictures!!

Flooding Pictures

Posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm
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We continue to deal with reports of flooding across parts of KELOLAND… many of the reports are related to ice jams at this point which can very quickly create flooding issues… currently we have reports of flooding coming in from all over KELOLAND.  Of course this time of year rainfall really has no where to go with frozen ground, frozen lakes and frozen rivers.  Here are a few pictures of the flooding in north central and northeastern South Dakota…These two, sent in by Karen, are from near Akaska in north central South Dakota…And this one is from the Pollock area sent in by Brent…If you have pictures of your own feel free to email them to us at stormcenter@keloland.com or submit them to U-Share.

2-8 Afternoon Storm Update (video and text)

Posted: Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:00 am
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We unfortunatly had a shortened newscast today at 530 so I was unable to throughly explain the forecast for the next 36 hours.  The video blog below should give you a better idea of what to expect.  Keep in mind this was taped at 4 pm so some of the data may get a bit dated as the hours role by.  A text version of what is on the video is below. Thanks for stopping!!! P.S. Sorry the video is dark!  I work better in the dark, next time I will remember to turn the lights on!!!
We are continuing to watch a potent spring like storm system for late tonight and tomorrow.  There is a bit of good news in that the freezing rain threat is diminishing just a bit.  We will continue with a chance of freezing rain but it will most likely be fairly isolated and short lived.  Either way the with the nature of this storm it will be important to continue to monitor things from KELO and even safetravelusa.com.  With freezing rain a few degrees either side of 32 degrees can have a huge impact.  Warm air is dominating this storm and as a result rain showers will be our main precipitation.  We will see a few different waves of rain move through with the heaviest bands expected for later tomorrow.  Either way hit or miss showers will be likely from 8 or 9 pm tonight through Monday.  The other wild card to this system is our chance of seeing severe storms.  NW Iowa is the main area of concern for a chance of strong thunderstorms, the main threat appears to be strong winds and the NWS is even mentioning a slight chance of a rogue tornado.  Some thunder can’t be ruled out for all of eastern SD, western MN and NW Iowa.  Into Monday night enough cold air will wrap in to give far north central and northeastern SD a chance at seeing some snow.  The heaviest accumulations are expected to stay in North Dakota but a quick 2-5 inches are possible right along the border.  That chance of snow will linger into the day on Tuesday before the storm moves out late Tuesday.  Rainfall totals from this system could be anywhere from a half inch to an inch and a half, which could create some localized flooding concerns.  This is a potent storm system and one that is worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons.  Stay tuned to KELOLAND-TV and KELOLAND.com for the latest

2-8 Morning Storm Update

Posted: Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 8:10 am
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A busy 48 hours of weather are ahead of us.  Most of today looks pretty quiet, we will start to see clouds moving into the area this afternoon and precipitation will move into the west late today as well.  That precipitation will move east overnight and fall in the form of rain and freezing rain.  By Monday morning we will still be seeing some pockets of freezing rain esp in the NE, but eventually everyone should see just plain rain for Monday.  At some point on the backside of the storm the rain will changeover to snow with the best accumulation chances in north central South Dakota.  Thunderstorms will also be pretty likely with this dynamic system on Monday.  The storm starts to wrap up late Monday and some areas will see a chance of snow into the day on Tuesday esp in the NE.  The main threat with this storm seems to be a window of freezing rain late Sunday and early Monday and the heavy rain that is possible through the day on Monday.  Flooding may become a concern; with everything frozen the water has little place to go.  Stay tuned to KELOLAND-TV and KELOLAND.com for the latest.
 
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for north central and northeastern KELOLAND. This is mainly for the possibility of anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow on the backside of the storm.  The snow would fall late Monday and early Tuesday. 
 

2-7 Early Week Storm Update (video and text)

Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm
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We had a decent start to our Saturday today but a cold front brought some cloud cover and cooler temperatures to the area by late in the day.  Tonight and tomorrow are also expected to be quiet.  By late in the day tomorrow clouds will be on the increase in advance of a weather system set to effect us late Sunday through Monday night.  This storm system will start Sunday night with a chance of some freezing rain, at this point it doesn’t appear to be a major issue, but if the temperatures are just right (or wrong!) in some isolated areas ice accumulation could become an issue.  This is a storm where a few degrees can make a big difference in the forecast.  Either way warm air surging north will turn most of that freezing rain into just plain rain by early Monday morning.  We will continue to see moisture and warm air surge north through the day on Monday, although there certainly will be some lulls in the moisture as the storm moves in.  In the west temperatures will start to drop as they are on the backside of the storm, at some point the rain will turn over to snow and some areas could see 4-8 inches of snowfall especially in the NW on Monday.  Areas east river will basically just see a lot of rain and because of this there are some flooding concerns with plenty of snowpack in the north and frozen ground, lakes, and rivers.  The storm will start moving out on Monday night and the precip should wrap up early Tuesday.  This is an extremely dynamic storm system and one that will need to be watched closely.  If you have travel plans early Monday it will be worth keeping one eye on the weather because of that freezing rain threat.  Stay tuned to KELOLAND-TV and KELOLAND.com for the latest.