Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 10/19/2017 09:53)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

An upper level ridge is in place over much of the central US including the northern Great Plains. At the surface, low pressure is found over southern Canada while high pressure is in place over the mid-Mississippi River valley. This in turn is leading to southerly to southeasterly winds across SD this morning. Temperatures are currently in the 40s and 50s under mostly clear skies.

A Red Flag Warning is in place for the Black Hills today with warm, dry, and breezy conditions expected. High temperatures will range from the mid-70s to lower 80s across the SD prairies today while that Black Hills sees upper 60s to mid-70s. Minimum RHs will into the 12-20% range over western SD with central and eastern SD seeing RHs from 25-35%. South winds from 10-20 mph are expected with a few gusts to 25-30 mph over the Black Hills and across southern/eastern portions of the state. Mostly clear skies will continue.

Temperatures will nudge up a few degrees tomorrow and highs will range from the mid-70s to mid-80s with mostly 70s over the Black Hills. Dew points will push a few degrees higher as well which should keep RHs slightly higher than today; values from 20-30% are expected West River and values from 30-50% are expected East River. Southerly winds are expected throughout the day from 10-20 mph and gusts to 30 mph are expected over the eastern half of the state. Again, mostly clear skies are likely.

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Darren Clabo, SD State Fire Meteorologist: darren.clabo@sdsmt.edu

Laura Edwards, SD State Climatologist: laura.edwards@sdstate.edu

Jim Strain, SD Assistant Fire Chief: jim.strain@state.sd.us



Darren R. Clabo * State Fire Meteorologist/Instructor * Institute of Atmospheric Sciences

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology * 501 East Saint Joseph Street * Rapid City, SD 57701

darren.clabo@sdsmt.edu * (O) 605-394-1996 * (C) 605-381-9253 *