The Erik Files: Mother Nature finally received the memo!

**THIS DAY IN WEATHER HISTORY: On this day in 1986: A tornado touched down near Newell causing nearly $25,000 in damage.**

Before we get into the weather, we have one item of Housekeeping we need to take care of. First of all, The Fire Weather Watch that was in effect for the Eastern portion of the NewsCenter1 Viewing Area was allowed to expire early. All we have left is the Red Flag Warning. Temps will be above normal, and humidity levels will be dangerously low again today.

Knbn Earth Borders And Roads
RED FLAG WARNING STARTS AT NOON TODAY, AND EXPIRES AT 8:00 PM FOR CAMPBELL, CROOK & WESTON COUNTY. **SHERIDAN, JOHNSON, CARTER, AND HARDING COUNTIES, YOURS EXPIRES AT 9:00 PM**

Well Folks, just one more morning cup of coffee away from the start of the weekend! After another warm week with highs in the 80’s, and even 90’s, a change is coming this weekend. That’s right, I think good ole Mother Nature finally received the memo that Fall is here. We will see temperatures drop starting tomorrow with highs in the 60’s & 70’s. Our average High for this time of year is 71 degrees so, you and I knew it was only a matter of time before we started seeing more seasonable weather.

THE LATEST:

So, we mentioned we are below normal for this time of year, but just how bad is it? Take a look at this:
042 Ed Dept Drought

I want to draw your attention to the Pine Ridge area, now over 7.5 inches BELOW Normal for the entire year. Buffalo, Wyoming and  Buffalo, South Dakota is just over 5″ below normal. This is how bad we need the rain.

IN TERMS OF DROUGHT:
This is the latest Drought Monitor.
042 Ed Dept Drought

You will notice the areas shaded in the dark Orange & Red, that’s where the Severe to extreme drought is. The Severe Drought includes portions of Oglala Lakota, Fall River, Custer, Sheridan, Johnson & Campbell County. The Extreme Drought includes Sheridan & Johnson County in Wyoming.

042 Ed Precip Outlook

If you take a look at the 8-14 Day Outlook, unfortunately there isn’t an end in sight. Below Average Precip stretches from Wyoming, All the way down to Georgia.

FORECAST:

TODAY: This is the last day of well above normal temperatures. Highs will be in the 80’s & 90’s ahead of a cold front. Tomorrow, to start the weekend, a different story. We’ll get to that in a minute, Today, Sunny skies and Hazy conditions. Winds will be out of the South at around 5-10 MPH.

Rapid City Skycast Today Tonight

TONIGHT: The cloud cover will start to increase a little bit. The big story is the wind as it’ll shift from the SW to the North, and start to pick up. Winds will be around 20-25 MPH with gusts as high as 30 MPH
Rapid City Skycast Today Tonight

 

7-DAY FORECAST: The weekend is upon us, and take a look at the temperatures! Highs will be in the 60’s this weekend making for a beautiful 1st full weekend of Fall. The only thing noting: Saturday Night – Early Sunday Morning, I am not ruling out a SMALL chance of precipitation. Not everyone will see it, but the ones who do see it will benefit. Could today be Summer’s last Hurrah? Stay Tuned, it IS the Black Hills after all!

2020 7 Day Am Offset Interactive

 

Enjoy your Thursday

-Erik Dean
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