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Archive for April 2009
The weekly US Drought Monitor is out, and no part of the state of South Dakota is mentioned. In fact, no location in South Dakota is even at the threshold of “abnormally dry”. This is the first time South Dakota’s drought monitor map has been blank since July 31, 2001, according to state climatologist Dr. Dennis Todey. He did the math to reveal this is the first time in 7 years, 8 months, and 23 days that South Dakota has been sans parched earth.
For a state highly dependent on agriculture, this is a stunning reversal of aquatic events. Not long ago, South Dakota’s newscasts were filled with stories about persistent drought and the need for emergency farm subsidies, importation of livestock feed from other states, and extremely low water levels that threatened irrigation and recreation on the reservoirs, lakes, and rivers. But that has now changed 180 degrees, and South Dakota has gone from drought to surplus.
This spring, the Missouri River (or “Big Muddy”, as it was nicknamed many years ago), which cuts north to south through the center of South Dakota, has risen back to life. Lake Oahe, which had a spring level about 1607 feet above sea level in the Spring of 2000 and had shrunk to a level of 1574 feet in Spring, 2005 – has now grown back to a level of 1612 feet – nine feet above the historical average height of the reservoir. All of the Missouri’s boat ramps are back in operation, a change from recent years in which receding water levels rendered them useless.
There is so much water in eastern South Dakota that the James River remains above flood levels its entire length, from North Dakota to Nebraska – and projections are that flood conditions will continue at least through the end of the month. That is making life difficult along the James right now, but at least it will replenish ground water supplies.
Weather and climate are two different things, and South Dakota’s long term climate suggests it is certainly possible to dry out quickly. But in terms of water, the state’s climate has changed for the better after years of drought.
Here is a short video I put together with some video clips of the snow from this morning… the first chunk is my way to work in the morning. One neat thing about having to get up so early is getting to be the first one on the roads after a big snow. The second half is my drive home for work, I thought it was interesting how the snow was stuck on the north side of just about everything!
**UPDATED**All right all of the updated snow totals are now listed below. If you have a report you would like to share you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you have any pictures or video you would like to share you can do that by clicking on the U-Share links at KELOLAND.com.
1148 PM SNOW MITCHELL 43.73N 98.03W04/04/2009 M9.8 INCH DAVISON SD CO-OP OBSERVER0600 AM SNOW 1 N HARTFORD 43.64N 96.94W04/05/2009 M8.0 INCH MINNEHAHA SD PUBLIC0600 AM SNOW CARTHAGE 44.17N 97.71W04/05/2009 M4.0 INCH MINER SD CO-OP OBSERVER0600 AM SNOW 2 SSE WINFRED 43.97N 97.35W04/05/2009 M7.0 INCH LAKE SD CO-OP OBSERVER0630 AM SNOW 2 ESE YANKTON 42.88N 97.36W04/05/2009 M3.0 INCH YANKTON SD CO-OP OBSERVER0652 AM SNOW PICKSTOWN 43.07N 98.53W04/05/2009 M10.0 INCH CHARLES MIX SD CO-OP OBSERVER0654 AM SNOW WHITE LAKE 43.73N 98.71W04/05/2009 M10.0 INCH AURORA SD CO-OP OBSERVER0700 AM SNOW SHELDON 43.18N 95.84W04/05/2009 M5.5 INCH O`BRIEN IA CO-OP OBSERVER0700 AM SNOW SIOUX CITY 42.50N 96.39W04/05/2009 M0.4 INCH WOODBURY IA OFFICIAL NWS OBS0700 AM SNOW SIOUX FALLS 43.54N 96.73W04/05/2009 M6.5 INCH MINNEHAHA SD OFFICIAL NWS OBS0700 AM SNOW 2 NNE LAKEFIELD 43.70N 95.15W04/05/2009 M5.5 INCH JACKSON MN CO-OP OBSERVER0700 AM SNOW 2 NE WORTHINGTON 43.65N 95.58W04/05/2009 M5.0 INCH NOBLES MN CO-OP OBSERVER0700 AM SNOW 1 N MARSHALL 44.47N 95.79W04/05/2009 M2.5 INCH LYON MN CO-OP OBSERVER0700 AM SNOW HURON 44.36N 98.22W04/05/2009 E3.0 INCH BEADLE SD OFFICIAL NWS OBS0700 AM SNOW BROOKINGS 44.31N 96.79W04/05/2009 M3.2 INCH BROOKINGS SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW 4 SW BURKE 43.14N 99.35W04/05/2009 M8.0 INCH GREGORY SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW VIBORG 43.17N 97.08W04/05/2009 M6.5 INCH TURNER SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW 1 NE MARION 43.43N 97.25W04/05/2009 M5.0 INCH TURNER SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW 2 SSW GAYVILLE 42.86N 97.19W04/05/2009 M2.0 INCH YANKTON SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW 3 SSW SIOUX FALLS 43.50N 96.75W04/05/2009 M6.5 INCH MINNEHAHA SD PUBLIC0700 AM SNOW 9 NE WHITE 44.53N 96.52W04/05/2009 M2.0 INCH BROOKINGS SD PUBLIC0750 AM SNOW OCHEYEDAN 43.42N 95.54W04/05/2009 M6.0 INCH OSCEOLA IA CO-OP OBSERVER0750 AM SNOW 3 N HORNICK 42.28N 96.10W04/05/2009 M1.3 INCH WOODBURY IA CO-OP OBSERVER CURRENT SNOW DEPTH 1 INCH. WATER EQUIVALENT OF SNOW ON THE GROUND IS 0.17 INCHES.0750 AM SNOW 4 N CURRIE 44.13N 95.67W04/05/2009 M5.0 INCH MURRAY MN TRAINED SPOTTER0752 AM SNOW HOLSTEIN 42.49N 95.54W04/05/2009 E2.0 INCH IDA IA CO-OP OBSERVER SOME OF THE SNOW MELTED, SINCE TEMPERATURES WERE NEAR OR ABOVE FREEZING. WATER CONTENT OF THE PRECIPITATION WAS 0.44 INCH AND CURRENT SNOW DEPTH IS 2 INCHES.0754 AM SNOW WALL LAKE 43.53N 96.96W04/05/2009 M7.0 INCH MINNEHAHA SD CO-OP OBSERVER0800 AM SNOW 3 ESE SIOUX FALLS 43.53N 96.67W04/05/2009 M6.3 INCH MINNEHAHA SD CO-OP OBSERVER0800 AM SNOW FEDORA 44.01N 97.79W04/05/2009 M7.5 INCH MINER SD CO-OP OBSERVER0800 AM SNOW 1 NNW PIPESTONE 44.01N 96.33W04/05/2009 M8.0 INCH PIPESTONE MN CO-OP OBSERVER0800 AM SNOW 7 NE WHITE 44.51N 96.54W04/05/2009 M0.4 INCH BROOKINGS SD CO-OP OBSERVER0800 AM SNOW 1 SW BROOKINGS 44.30N 96.80W04/05/2009 M3.2 INCH BROOKINGS SD PUBLIC0800 AM SNOW 9 N FULTON 43.86N 97.82W04/05/2009 M7.5 INCH MINER SD PUBLIC0804 AM SNOW MOUNTAIN LAKE 43.94N 94.93W04/05/2009 M6.5 INCH COTTONWOOD MN TRAINED SPOTTER0824 AM SNOW CANTON 43.30N 96.58W04/05/2009 M6.0 INCH LINCOLN SD CO-OP OBSERVER0836 AM SNOW 4 SW BALTIC 43.72N 96.79W04/05/2009 M6.5 INCH MINNEHAHA SD TRAINED SPOTTER0850 AM SNOW 2 NNE SIOUX CITY 42.53N 96.38W04/05/2009 M0.5 INCH WOODBURY IA PUBLIC0900 AM SNOW WESSINGTON SPRINGS 44.08N 98.57W04/05/2009 M8.0 INCH JERAULD SD CO-OP OBSERVER0900 AM SNOW 5 NNE ELK POINT 42.75N 96.64W04/05/2009 M0.5 INCH UNION SD PUBLIC0947 AM SNOW ROCK VALLEY 43.20N 96.30W04/05/2009 M4.0 INCH SIOUX IA CO-OP OBSERVER1000 AM SNOW PETERSON 42.92N 95.34W04/05/2009 M1.0 INCH CLAY IA CO-OP OBSERVER1007 AM SNOW AKRON 42.83N 96.56W04/05/2009 M3.0 INCH PLYMOUTH IA CO-OP OBSERVER
0819 PM HEAVY SNOW FORT THOMPSON 44.05N 99.41W04/04/2009 E6.0 INCH BUFFALO SD LAW ENFORCEMENT16.40 2 NE DEADWOOD SD LAWRENCE 0945 PM 16.00 3 SE BEULAH SD LAWRENCE 0749 PM 8 INCHES SINCE 700 AM 16 INCHES STORM TOTAL 16.00 MARTIN SD BENNETT 0612 PM 16.00 5 SE MISSION SD TODD 0355 PM SNOW TOTAL SO FAR TODAY. 400 AM MDT TO 355 PM MDT. 15.80 LEAD SD LAWRENCE 0600 PM 15.00 3 ESE NISLAND SD BUTTE 0735 PM 14.00 2 NE DEADWOOD SD LAWRENCE 0412 PM 13.50 DOWNTOWN BELLE FOURCHE SD BUTTE 0724 PM 1.31 INCHES LIQUID 13.50 DOWNTOWN RAPID CITY SD PENNINGTON 0600 PM 13.00 15 SSW BUFFALO SD HARDING 0502 PM 1.13 INCHES OF LIQUID 12.40 RAPID CITY AIRPORT SD PENNINGTON 0600 PM 12.00 19 SSE MISSION SD TODD 0456 PM VISIBILITY LESS THAN 100 YARDS 12.00 SW POTATO CREEK SD JACKSON 0430 PM 12.00 WSW DOWNTOWN STURGIS SD MEADE 0218 PM 12.00 1 N HARDING SD HARDING 0925 AM 11.20 HILL CITY SD PENNINGTON 0600 PM STORM TOTAL AMOUNT. LAST 24 HOURS 6.2 INCHES. 11.00 NEW HAVEN WY CROOK 0600 PM 10-12 INCHES 11.00 6 W WANBLEE SD JACKSON 0554 PM 10-12 INCHES. VISIBILITY ZERO TO ONE QUARTER
Heavy snow will remain across the southern half of South Dakota into the overnight. The system bringing us the snow is slowly moving eastward which will bring the snow to an end late tonight in western South Dakota. For central South Dakota heavy snow will continue into the overnight and possibly into early tomorrow morning. The SE will see some of its heaviest snow tonight into early tomorrow. With the wind we have had visibilities being reported near zero for much of the day across southern South Dakota. The winds will remain strong creating dangerous conditions across southern South Dakota into the day on Sunday. Sunday will feature cold temperatures but improving conditions statewide. The winds will gradually die down from west to east bring an end to the nasty conditions. Snow totals will likely exceed a foot of snow for many areas in south central KELOLAND; with widespread 8 to 12 inch amounts for the southern half of the state. Also should mention that NO travel is being advised across most of southern South Dakota, you can find more at safetravelusa.com. Don’t forget if you get a chance to send us a report
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Next week looks much quieter, drier and warmer than what we have been seeing lately.
Stay tuned to KELOLAND.com and KELO-TV for the latest on this dangerous spring snowstorm.
Well, we had a short period of rain but great big flakes are now falling in the Sioux Falls area. That extends back toward Mitchell as well. From looking at radar it looks like we will see a break in the heavy snow for awhile in the SE before more bands fill back in later today and tonight. The snow continues and is heavy across Central, and Western South Dakota. As far as snowfall totals we are still thinking the same as we were this morning.Don’t forget to send in those snow reports through the day today and let us know what is happening at your house. Also it is very helpful for us to get snow totals once the snow comes to an end which for most of us will be tomorrow morning. Awhile ago I put together a video on how to measure snow check it out HERE, just click on the Link. If you get any good pictures or video of the snowfall or the conditions at your house you can post that to U-Share (PHOTOS or VIDEO) at KELOLAND.com.
Here we go again. As I speak early this morning a broad area of rain and snow is spreading into the state. Areas west river will most likely see this start as snow and stay snow through the day today. However, in the east and the south it will start as rain and the exact time of the changeover to snow will have a big impact on snowfall accumulations. As of this morning some areas are seeing some snow in the SE, we may actually see snow change to rain and then back to snow, which will further complicate the forecast! This system is a colder system then the last so we will likely see that changeover happen a little quicker. Significant snowfall of 6-12 inches is pretty likely across especially southern South Dakota. We should see a changeover to all snow across the state by late this afternoon. The snow will continue and stay heavy overnight tonight. In fact some of our heaviest accumulations for the SE will come late tonight and early Sunday. Not only do we have heavy snow coming but the wind will be gusting up around 45 miles per hour creating dangerous driving conditions and poor visibility. Into early Sunday lingering snow will hang on in the east esp into SW MN. Blowing snow will remain likely until winds die down late in the day. After this storm blows through things do look to quiet down for us for next week.
This very active weather pattern continues as another storm system moves our way from Colorado and Nebraska. This will deliver heavy snowfall and strong winds to much of the region this weekend. The latest advisories, watches, and warnings are available on the map below.On futurescan, rain and snow will develop in western SD and become all snow through tonight. Heavy snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour are possible in Rapid City overnight.Through the night, snow will continue in the west, but Sioux Falls should stay as rain showers…with a transition zone in central SD.The key to the forecast is watching the rain/snow line through the day. If Sioux Falls can transition to all snow by 3pm, this storm is likely going to produce at least 6" in the city. If we wait until late evening, it will be less. Temperatures will be very close to 32 during much of the storm, so persons in the watch area are urged to stay tuned for the latest forecasts. As of this morning, I want to show you 2 models that represent the most likely scenerios given the situation highlighted above. Model number 1 indicates very heavy snow in the from Rapid City to Winner. Amounts over a foot are possible. There is still moderate snow near and south of Sioux Falls, but the amounts are lower than 6" because of the delay in changing rain to snow. It is interesting to note the heavier totals east of SIoux Falls…which appears to be happening due to colder air interacting with more moisture lingering Sunday morning in SW MN and extreme NW IA.Model number 2 is more bullish. If this verifies, the amounts are quite signficant everywhere along and south of I-90, with moderate amounts up to highway 14. Sioux Falls would see over 6"…along with just about all locations in southern KELOLAND. Here’s another note for the northeast. It appears the worst of the storm should miss Milbank, Sisseton, and Aberdeen.Winds will blow around the snow that does fall. Here is futurescan for tomorrow. The blue arrows indicate winds over 20mph…with dark blue representing gusts over 30mph.We’ll have the latest on the storm track through the day today. This is a dangerous early Spring storm. Stay tuned…-Meteorologist Brian Karstens
The snowfall totals are in and the numbers are impressive. Here’s a list from the area National Weather Service officies in South Dakota.
Total Snowfall Reports Through 6 pm CDT, March 31, 2009
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT…SUMMARYNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SIOUX FALLS SD617 PM CDT TUE MAR 31 2009..TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…..DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE…. ..REMARKS..0210 PM HEAVY SNOW MITCHELL 43.73N 98.03W03/31/2009 M12.5 INCH DAVISON SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0340 PM SNOW SIOUX CENTER 43.08N 96.17W03/31/2009 E1.0 INCH SIOUX IA CO-OP OBSERVER ALL THE SNOW MELTED AS IT FELL, BUT THE WATER CONTENT WAS 0.09 INCH.
0400 PM HEAVY SNOW HURON 44.36N 98.22W03/31/2009 E9.5 INCH BEADLE SD MESONET DRIFTS WELL OVER A FOOT
0400 PM HEAVY SNOW GREGORY 43.23N 99.43W03/31/2009 M10.0 INCH GREGORY SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0425 PM SNOW PARKSTON 43.39N 97.99W03/31/2009 E4.0 INCH HUTCHINSON SD LAW ENFORCEMENT
0428 PM HEAVY SNOW 3 E ETHAN 43.55N 97.92W03/31/2009 M9.0 INCH HANSON SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0430 PM HEAVY SNOW ALEXANDRIA 43.65N 97.78W03/31/2009 E9.0 INCH HANSON SD LAW ENFORCEMENT 8 TO 10 INCHES.
0430 PM SNOW WAKEFIELD 42.27N 96.87W03/31/2009 E0.5 INCH DIXON NE CO-OP OBSERVER A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW FELL, WITH ALL THE SNOW MELTING, BUT THE WATER CONTENT WAS 0.28 INCH.
0430 PM SNOW PLATTE 43.39N 98.84W03/31/2009 E6.5 INCH CHARLES MIX SD TRAINED SPOTTER
0433 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 N CORSICA 43.44N 98.41W03/31/2009 E16.5 INCH DOUGLAS SD TRAINED SPOTTER
0435 PM HEAVY SNOW WESSINGTON SPRINGS 44.08N 98.57W03/31/2009 M10.0 INCH JERAULD SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0438 PM SNOW LAKE ANDES 43.16N 98.54W03/31/2009 E3.5 INCH CHARLES MIX SD LAW ENFORCEMENT 3 TO 4 INCHES.
0440 PM SNOW FORESTBURG 44.02N 98.11W03/31/2009 E4.0 INCH SANBORN SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0443 PM HEAVY SNOW WOONSOCKET 44.05N 98.27W03/31/2009 E8.0 INCH SANBORN SD LAW ENFORCEMENT
0445 PM HEAVY SNOW 8 SSW CHAMBERLAIN 43.70N 99.38W03/31/2009 E13.0 INCH BRULE SD TRAINED SPOTTER
0446 PM SNOW DE SMET 44.39N 97.55W03/31/2009 M4.4 INCH KINGSBURY SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0450 PM HEAVY SNOW 9 S FEDORA 43.88N 97.79W03/31/2009 E7.5 INCH MINER SD CO-OP OBSERVER 7 TO 8 INCHES.
0455 PM SNOW 2 S WINFRED 43.97N 97.36W03/31/2009 E1.0 INCH LAKE SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0500 PM SNOW PIPESTONE 44.00N 96.31W03/31/2009 E0.8 INCH PIPESTONE MN LAW ENFORCEMENT
0500 PM SNOW SIOUX FALLS 43.54N 96.73W03/31/2009 M0.1 INCH MINNEHAHA SD OFFICIAL NWS OBS
0500 PM SNOW SIOUX CITY 42.50N 96.39W03/31/2009 M0.0 INCH WOODBURY IA OFFICIAL NWS OBS TRACE OF SNOWFALL
0500 PM SNOW YANKTON 42.89N 97.39W03/31/2009 E0.0 INCH YANKTON SD CO-OP OBSERVER TRACE OF SNOWFALL.
0520 PM SNOW 1 NW SALEM 43.73N 97.40W03/31/2009 E2.5 INCH MCCOOK SD TRAINED SPOTTER
0528 PM SNOW TYNDALL 42.99N 97.86W03/31/2009 E3.0 INCH BON HOMME SD LAW ENFORCEMENT
0528 PM SNOW FLANDREAU 44.05N 96.60W03/31/2009 M1.0 INCH MOODY SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0530 PM SNOW MONTROSE 43.70N 97.18W03/31/2009 E0.0 INCH MCCOOK SD CO-OP OBSERVER A TRACE OF SNOW FELL THIS AFTERNOON, BUT 0.27 INCH OF RAIN WAS MEASURED OVERNIGHT AND INTO THIS MORNING.
0536 PM HEAVY SNOW WHITE LAKE 43.73N 98.71W03/31/2009 M9.0 INCH AURORA SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0559 PM SNOW PICKSTOWN 43.07N 98.53W03/31/2009 E6.0 INCH CHARLES MIX SD CO-OP OBSERVER
0615 PM SNOW LAKE BENTON 44.26N 96.29W03/31/2009 E1.5 INCH LINCOLN MN EMERGENCY MNGR
0615 PM SNOW IVANHOE 44.46N 96.25W03/31/2009 E4.5 INCH LINCOLN MN EMERGENCY MNGR..PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT …CORRECTION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
744 PM CDT TUE MAR 31 2009 /644 PM MDT TUE MAR 31 2009/
BELOW ARE SOME SNOWFALL TOTALS FOR THE MARCH 31ST STORM. KEEP IN
MIND…HOWEVER…SNOW CONTINUED TO FALL AFTER MANY OF THESE
REPORTS CAME IN. SO THESE SITES MAY HAVE ACCUMULATED ADDITIONAL
SNOW AFTER THEIR REPORTING TIMES.
GANN VALLEY..12.0 INCHES
TIMBER LAKE…6.0 INCHES
CLEAR LAKE….4.0 INCHES
..Another Blizzard Strikes Black Hills Region March 30-31The second blizzard in a week hit the Black Hills region Monday
and Tuesday, March 30-31. With wind gusts over 40 mph, many locations on the
open plains had whiteout conditions much of Monday. Snowfall reports received
by Tuesday afternoon include:
27.00 5 W Downtown Spearfish
24.60 2 NE Deadwood
24.00 1 SW Downtown Sturgis
21.00 11 SSW Reva
15.90 4 NNW Whitewood
15.00 9 N Box Elder
15.00 5 E Porcupine
12.50 Rapid City Airport
12.20 Rapid Valley
12.00 4 NE Hill City
12.00 17 NW Philip
12.00 11 S Hulett
12.00 8 WNW Usta
11.60 Downtown Rapid City
11.00 7 ENE New Underwood
10.00 11 SSE Hamill
10.00 17 N Recluse
10.00 12 SW Maurine
10.00 25 SW Opal
19 ESE Hermosa
16 N Hulett
3 W White River
1 N Hisega
2 NW Sundance
6 SE Fairburn
1 NE Cedar Butte
15 NE Long Valley
11 SSW Philip
2 SE Colony
11 ESE Zeona
1 W Hermosa
5 NNW Fairburn
1 E Buckhorn
8 E Smithwick
5 SE Downtown Hot Springs
2 E Okreek
5 E Oelrichs
8 NW Downtown Custer
6 SW Hermosa
5 NNW Downtown Custer
6 SW Upton
2 SW Swett
9 W Downtown Hot Springs
25 WSW Wright
7 W Hermosa
5 NE Downtown Custer
19 SW Upton