The Erik Files: A Cool Thursday!

**THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: On this day in 1992: Light snow fell across the region with some moderate accumulations upwards of five inches reported in Redig and Lemmon. Bison and Camp Crook reported 4 inches and Lead had 3.1 inches.**

It’s time for Season 1, Episode 32 of The Erik Files. After yesterday’s wind event, we have finally calmed down for the most part. As of the time that I am writing this, we are at 46 degrees with a Wind Chill of 38 degrees.

042 Rapid City Detailed Metar

TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE GOT THERE:
042 Past Hour By Hour Live Cam

So, we started off with temps in the Mid 30’s by 5:00 AM. We dropped to the Upper 20’s – Low 30’s at 7 AM & 8 AM, then by the 9:00 Hour, we shot back up to 42, and we’ve hovered in the mid 40’s for a while now.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

So we talked yesterday about how the rain chances will be more of a “Feast or Famine” situation. Here’s the Sat/Rad, and you’ll see what I mean

Knbn Earth Borders And Roads

Notice if you practically go in any direction of Rapid City, you’ll run into rain. Now we did see a few drops here in Rapid City earlier today, but it wasn’t much. It certainly wasn’t enough to put a dent in the drought. As a matter of fact, here are the latest numbers, and notice Pine Ridge. 8.33″ BELOW Normal for the entire year.

042 Ed Dept Drought

THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR:
This updates every Thursday, so let’s dive into it.
042 Ed Dept Drought

So you notice the majority of Johnson County, Sheridan County, NW Campbell County, as well as Southern Oglala Lakota County are under an EXTREME Drought. We really need the precipitation, and at this point, we really need a good snowfall or 2 just to offset this map.

THE LONG RANGE FORECAST

Here’s the 8-14 Day Outlook as issued by the Climate Prediction Center

TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK
042 Ed Temp Outlook

Below normal temperatures will continue in the forecast with above normal temps across portions of California, and from Florida All the way up to Maine.

PRECIP OUTLOOK
Wait…Here’s a change, a MUCH needed change

042 Ed Precip Outlook

The Black Hills region is forecasted to have Wetter than Normal conditions . Hopefully this plays out as, like I mentioned, we need the precipitation!

Enjoy your Thursday!

-Erik Dean
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