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RAPID CITY weather
conditions and forecast. Click here for our location.
CHECK for accurate time (US Naval Observatory Master Clock).
To use the Interactive Weather Information Network from the National Weather
Service, click here.
Dakota Department of Transportation Homepage
with links to SafeTravelUSA road map and ClearPath 511 SD road closure
Surface Map from UNISYS
and regional radar images from Intellicast
Rapid City NEXRAD radar data from Intellicast
Map of Maximum Temperatures from UNISYS
Map of Minimum Temperatures from UNISYS
Map of 24hr Precipitation Amounts from UNISYS
Map of snow cover from UNISYS
Upper Air Data
Upper Air Map at 200 mb [about 40,000 ft] from UNISYS
Upper Air Map at 300 mb [about 30,000 ft] from UNISYS
Upper Air Map at 500 mb [about 20,000 ft] from UNISYS
Upper Air Map at 700 mb [about 10,000 ft] from UNISYS
Upper Air Map at 850 mb [about 5,000 ft] from UNISYS
For the latest images, check out the Space Science and Engineering Center
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go to this page:
http://www.ssec.wisc.edu/data/geo.html, then scroll down to NOAA GOES
East Satellite Images. Under the "North America" heading, you can choose
from the latest visible, latest infrared, and latest water vapor images.
Under each are choices for .jpg, .gif, or animation files; please note that
the animation files are very large and slow to load. There are also links on
this site for other options, such as NOAA GOES West Satellite images,
composite images, and hemisphere images.
- Visit the University of
Wyoming satellite image page to create a map from options given.
for Rapid City or the United States
Newscenter 1 Weather
KOTA Rapid City Weather Forecast
Black Hills FOX Weather
Maps, Graphs, and Tables from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Rapid City NWS maintains local
climatic information. (just click on the "Climate" tab near the
top of the page). Dr. Dennis Todey, state climatologist at SDSU, maintains South Dakota's
Climate and Weather information:
The University of Utah's Web site has tables of monthly climatic data for
about 290 cities in the United States. See Mesowest's homepage at
http://mesowest.utah.edu/index.html, then click on desired location for
links to the data available.
Local Archives - Past weather history
The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) maintains the world's largest
active archive of weather data. NCDC has many products available if you are
looking for past weather data; some is provided without cost, other
information may be obtained at a minimal cost. Visit their website at http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov.
By searching through their "products" listings, and answering a
few simple queries, you can find records of historical events and weather
conditions for many locations.
You can also visit http://www.wunderground.com/forecasts/RAP.html
to find current conditions and forecasts for cities in their database
(including Rapid City). If you scroll down to the blue "Nearby" area, you will find
a "History & Almanac"
box allowing you to view the weather details on any
given day from 1939 up to the current one.
Upper air radiosonde information is available through the Universal
RAwinsonde OBservation (RAOB) program website at http://raob.com/.
(Page updated 12/11/2011)
Institute of Atmospheric Sciences
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology * 501 East
Saint Joseph Street * Rapid City, SD 57701
Office: (605) 394-2291 * Fax: (605) 394-6061