WxChat – Weather Blog and Discussion on Road Closures – 23/04/2022

Meteorologist Erik Dean breaks down the latest information on road conditions, plus a look at your 7-day forecast

WOW!!! That’s all I have to say is WOW!! What an intense 48 hours here at the NC1 weather centre. In case you missed Brant’s Friday night coverage, Click here to see the flash show filmed! Talk about amazing! Not just this whole weekend, where we had storms on Friday and a blizzard on Saturday, but the science behind WHY it happened is just as amazing! We’ll save that for another discussion.

A QUICK SUMMARY:

First; Look at this! here are some reports of gusty winds since midnight. I want to point out that -LITERALLY- after updating this graph, Rapid City Airport reported a wind gust of 74 MPH.

The wind will continue to linger for your Sunday, so PLEASE allow extra time to get to your destination and check with your respective DOT for traffic information, ESPECIALLY IF I-90 is in your travel plans.

Now, in terms of snowfall totals:
Snow reports

The heaviest report reported to the NC1 weather center was 16″ 4 miles southeast of Gillette. Officially in Downtown Rapid City we picked up 1.1″. How much snow have you seen in your neighborhood? Upload your photos to our website by by clicking here.

SO, IS THIS LEADING TO OUR DROUGHT?
The short answer is yes, BUT not so much in some areas. We are still 1.7″ below par for 2022 in Rapid City. Huron needs 2.96 inches of precipitation just to break even for the year. Sioux Falls needs just under 3.50″ just to break even. And that’s just this year. We still have last year and 2020 to catch up on. So yes, it did put a bit of a strain on the dryness, but in the grand scheme of things, we NEED the moisture.Precip Ytd Start Cc1

ON A PERSONAL NOTE: I want to end this by most sincerely thanking you, our many viewers and social media followers for being our eyes and ears, and the truth on the ground during extreme and winter weather coverage. When I say we couldn’t do what we do without you sending photos and videos, tweets and emails about what’s happening in your neighborhood, we mean it. Radar is certainly a powerful tool to have, but having ground truth from you is just as powerful to have, so THANK YOU for being an essential part of our weather operation.