Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 06/28/2017 09:02)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

A small but potent closed upper level low passed through the state overnight and is now moving into western MN. This was the storm system that brought the severe weather to the area yesterday evening.  At the surface, a cold front has swept through the state and is now currently running north to south over western MN. Winds across SD are out of the west to northwest with temperatures mainly in the 60s to lower 70s. There are a couple of lingering showers over eastern SD but otherwise skies are partly cloudy statewide.

Northwesterly winds are expected across SD as the post-frontal airmass pushes into the region. Speeds will be from 5-15 mph over eastern SD with 3-8 mph winds over western SD. High temperatures will reach the low to mid-80s with some 70s across the Black Hills. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to redevelop across western SD and the Black Hills later this afternoon with thunderstorms pushing eastward this evening and overnight. There is a slight chance of a few severe storms but they should not be as potent as last night's storms were. Minimum RHs will range from 25-35% West River and from 35-50% East River.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely be ongoing tomorrow morning across the state with more storms developing in the afternoon. A few stronger storms are possible but widespread severe weather is unlikely. Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the 70s over much of SD although some lower 80s are possible across the southeast. Light and variable winds will become northerly with time. Minimum RHs will stay above 40% statewide.

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 *