Darren R. Clabo

State Fire Meteorologist, South Dakota

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Current Conditions at SDSM&T


Daily Weather Discussion (updated 03/29/2017 08:20)  (click your refresh button to ensure most recent forecast)

This morning's upper air analysis shows a trough moving through the western Great Plains with southwesterly flow aloft over South Dakota. A rather diffuse surface pressure pattern is in place across the state with light and variable winds over western SD and light northerly to northeasterly winds over eastern SD. Temperatures this morning are in the 30s and 40s with some scattered fog and clouds across the state.

Partly cloudy skies are expected over northern and western SD today with mostly cloudy skies across southern and eastern SD where a few showers are expected. High temperatures will be warmest across the north with less clouds and highs there will be in the low to mid-60s. High temperatures across central and southern SD will be in the upper 50s and lower 50s, respectively. Winds will remain light and variable over western SD throughout the day while winds over eastern SD will pick up out of the east from 5-15 mph. Minimum RHs will stay above 35% statewide.

Partly cloudy skies are expected over far western and far eastern SD tomorrow with mostly clear skies across central SD. High temperatures will range from the low 60s west to the upper 40s east. Light east winds will become southeasterly from 5-10 mph with time during the day with a few gusts approaching 20 mph over northwestern SD. Minimum RHs will range from 30-40% west and from 40-60% east.

Critical Fire Weather

No critical fire weather is expected.    

Weekly Weather Update (published every Monday)


2017 SD Fire Potential Outlook:

Coming in late March





Briefing Center

Fire Weather Portal

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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 *