Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 05/19/2017 08:21)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

A seasonal strong upper level trough and associated closed low pressure system is currently over the central Rockies leading to widespread precipitation across the Great Plains. Light snow showers are seen across the Black Hills while scattered rain showers and cloudy skies are found over the rest of SD. Temperatures this morning are cool with readings in the 40s to near 50 across the prairies with 30s over the Black Hills. Winds are out of the northeast.

Cool conditions will continue through the day as the trough progresses overheard. High temperatures will range from the mid-40s south to the mid-50s north with the disparity driven by the showers activity expected over the southern half of the state. Winds will be out of the east to northeast from 10-20 mph under cloudy skies.

More showers are expected over the east half of the state tomorrow will western SD may see a few rays of sunshine coming through the mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures will be in the 50s over West River and 40s over East River. North winds from 10-20 mph are expected.

Critical Fire Weather

No critical fire weather is expected.     

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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 *