Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 12/07/2017 09:07)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

Surface high pressure has settled into the Great Plains this morning beneath high confluent northerly flow aloft. Light westerly winds are seen across the state with speeds ranging from 5-10 mph. Temperatures this morning are in the teens across western SD and the single digits across eastern SD. Skies are mostly clear to partly cloudy.

High temperatures today will be in the 20s and low 30s over eastern SD with mid-30s to lower 40s over western SD. Winds will remain out of the west from 5-15 mph although northwestern SD will see strong west-northwest winds from 15-25 mph and gusts to 35 mph. Some mid-level moisture will move into the state bringing some altostratus and limited cloud cover. We should still see the sun across the state but it will be partially obscured. A few flurries are possible over western SD but no accumulation is expected.

Warmer temperatures are expected tomorrow as the warm air advection and good vertical mixing continues. Highs will be in the 30s across eastern SD and the 40s to near 50 over western SD. Winds will be breezy out of the northwest from 10-20 mph, gusting to 35 over northwestern portions of the state. Skies will be partly cloudy.

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 *