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Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 10/24/2016 10:46)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

This morning's upper air map shows a large ridge over the region with the ridge axis splitting the Dakotas.  At the surface, high pressure is anchored into the Upper Midwest and is leading to southeasterly winds across the state. Temperatures this morning are in the 30s and 40s under mostly clear skies.

The southeasterly winds will continue throughout the day but will increase in strength this afternoon. Sustained winds from 10-20 mph can be expected with some gusts over 30 mph possible along/near the Missouri River. Mostly clear skies are expected for central and eastern SD while mid-level clouds will stream into the western third of the state this afternoon. High temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s over eastern SD and the 60s to near 70 over western SD. Minimum RHs will fall to the 18-25% range over southwestern SD with values from 25-35% over the rest of West River. East River will see minimum RHs from 40-60%.

A weak area of low pressure will move through the state tomorrow bringing a switch in the winds from the southeast to the northwest throughout the day. Showers are expected to form over northeastern SD along the warm front mid-morning and continue into the evening. Central and western SD will stay away from the precipitation and will remain dry. High temperatures are expected to be in the 50s over eastern and northern SD with 60s to low 70 over western and southern portions of the state. Minimum RHs will drop into the 25-35% range over southwestern SD with much higher minimums elsewhere.

Critical Fire Weather

No critical fire weather is expected.

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

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