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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 05/27/2016 09:20)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

An upper level trough is now working through the Great Plains leading to southwesterly flow aloft over SD. At the surface, a weak low pressure system is over east-central SD leading to southerly winds over southeastern SD with northerly winds elsewhere. Temperatures this morning are in the 50s and 60s with a few rain showers present over south-central and southeastern parts of the state.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue today over central and eastern SD. A few afternoon thunderstorms are likely to pop up over the Black Hills as well. High temperatures will be in the 70s statewide, warmest over the southeast. As the low pressure system weakens and moves off to the southeast, expect light north to northeast winds to spread across the state.

High temperatures tomorrow will again be in the 70s statewide, with 60s over the Black Hills. Light northerly winds are expected throughout the day under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected across the state although overall rainfall amounts should be small.

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No critical fire weather expected over SD the week of May 23. 

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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 * (O) 605-394-1996 * (C) 605-381-9253 *