Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 01/17/2018 08:44)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

Weak upper level ridging is in place across the Dakotas this morning while very strong upper level low is poised to move onshore over the Pacific Northwest. At the surface, a large Canadian high pressure system has moved over the southern Great Plains leading to some very cold temperatures over the southern US and Gulf Coast. Another area of high pressure is found over the northern Rockies with a weak low over the Hudson Bay. Locally, a weak warm front is stretched from northwestern MN southwestward through central SD. East of the trough, winds are out of the south with temperatures in the single digits while west of the trough winds are out of the west with temperatures ranging from the mid-teens to lower 30s. Skies are clear statewide.

That warm front will move east with time today reaching the MN/SD border by sundown. This will allow temperatures to be much warmer than in previous days with highs ranging from the 20s/30s over eastern SD to the mid- to upper 40s over western SD. Westerly winds from 10-20 mph and clear skies are expected.

Look for even warmer temperatures tomorrow as weak upper level ridging continues. High temperatures will be in the upper 40s to mid-50s over western SD, in the 40s over central SD, and in the upper 30s to lower 40s over eastern SD. Winds will be out of the southwest from 5-15 mph. Skies are expected to be mostly clear to partly cloudy. 

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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 *