Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 09/01/2017 08:54)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

Today's upper air map shows a weak shortwave trough crossing the Dakotas. This shortwave has forced a warm front to nudge into SD. Ahead of this front, showers and thunderstorms are in place while mostly clear skies (with some added smoke haze) are filling in behind the front. Winds are out of the southeast to the east of the front with westerly winds to the west. Temperatures this morning are in the 60s to lower 70s.

Seasonably warm temperatures are expected over western SD today as the warm front pushes east. High temperatures are expected to be in the 80s and 90 over most prairie areas while the Black Hills stay in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Central and eastern SD will be cooler with highs in the 70s to lower 80s. They will also have a chance for showers and thunderstorms though no severe weather is likely. Winds east of the front will be out of the south to southeast from 10-20 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Winds west of the front over West River will be out of the northwest from 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Minimum RHs will fall into the 13-20% range over western SD with 30%+ RHs over the rest of the state. There is a Red Flag Warning in place for much of western SD.

A nice day is in store tomorrow for the start of the holiday weekend. High temperatures will range from the low 80s east to the low 90s west. Light west to northwest winds will be seen statewide under mostly clear skies. Minimum RHs will fall to 15-25% West River and from 25-50% East River.

Critical Fire Weather

Conditions are favorable for large wildfire growth over western SD through early next week.

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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 *