Smoke and mirrors: Inversion playing tricks
Smoke is hanging around Rapid City from slash pile burnings earlier, and there's a scientific reason
To start, let’s recap our current warnings and advisories.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RAPID CITY HAS ISSUED WIND CHILL ADVISORIES FOR OUR AREA
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED WIND CHILL WARNINGS FOR OUR AREA
- Very low wind chills will still be an issue this morning, so multiple layers and precautions otherwise will be necessary
- Temperatures are hovering around -18° this morning in Rapid City, with warmer temperatures in the Hills.
- Temperatures are expected to rise to the teens, even the low 20’s in some cases which will help lift us out of dangerous wind chill levels. warnings and advisories are set to expire 11 am.
- Smoke is hovering around portions of Rapid City and the surrounding area due to a distinct inversion and slash pile burnings form earlier.
- Friday night will feature single digit lows, hopefully keeping negatives out of the picture.
- Saturday reaches 10-15° with partly cloudy skies, before increasing clouds and snow chances move in Saturday night, this could bring a couple inches of snow to the area. The Snow trend will continue going all the way into Tuesday, with negative temperatures once again
- Snow accumulations Monday look more stout as a stronger system moves through, an additional 1-3″ of snow is possible for Western South Dakota, with higher amounts towards the Central Portion of the state
Here is the inversion responsible for the smoke in our area. Notice the temperature is rising as you go up in elevation. This will prevent parcels from rising.
Here are wind chills as of 4:30 this morning
Here are current temperatures as of 4:30 this morning
Here are expected conditions for today