Monthly Archives: March 2010

T-Storm possible 4/2/2010

***First T-Storm Forecast for FSD*** Could it be SPRING?

A cold front has started pushing into the area this morning. The models all agree with it pushing through by the afternoon. The moisture is still very limited so not much as far as precip is concerned. The cold front will stall tonight just south of my area (Sioux Falls, SD) tonight and then push back north Thursday. A midlevel wave starts pushing through the middle of SD by Thursday morning but moisture remains to our west. There is another wave that pushes into central SD Thursday night but again the POP ramains to the west.
850mb Jet really gets fired up Thursday and looks as though the moisture begins to return with a strong southerly flow overnight and now thinking chance of T-storms Friday. These will be as I like to call them “Garden Variety”. I’m struggling a bit because the NAM and GFS disagree on timing of the fronts but the GFS is fastest so that is the one I’m using. Placing temps upper 50’s to lower 60’s for FSD.



Spring Melt

Sioux Falls has experienced a major spring melt starting with 52″ of snow pack a combination of rain and warming temperatures.

This mix has caused serious flooding across the state and the region and flood warnings continue in the following rivers.
…THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN SOUTH
DAKOTA…IOWA…MINNESOTA…

FIRESTEEL CREEK NEAR MOUNT VERNON
JAMES RIVER AT HURON
JAMES RIVER NEAR FORESTBURG
JAMES RIVER AT MITCHELL
JAMES RIVER NEAR SCOTLAND
LITTLE VERMILLION NEAR SALEM
WEST FORK VERMILLION RIVER NEAR PARKER
EAST FORK VERMILLION RIVER NEAR PARKER
VERMILLION RIVER NEAR DAVIS
VERMILLION RIVER NEAR WAKONDA
VERMILLION RIVER NEAR VERMILLION
BIG SIOUX RIVER NEAR BRUCE
BIG SIOUX RIVER NEAR BROOKINGS
BIG SIOUX RIVER NEAR DELL RAPIDS
BIG SIOUX RIVER AT SIOUX FALLS 60TH STREET
BIG SIOUX RIVER AT SIOUX FALLS NORTH CLIFF
BIG SIOUX RIVER AT HAWARDEN
BIG SIOUX RIVER AT AKRON
PIPESTONE CREEK AT PIPESTONE
SPLIT ROCK CREEK NEAR CORSON
ROCK RIVER NEAR HARDWICK
ROCK RIVER AT ROCK RAPIDS
ROCK RIVER AT ROCK VALLEY
FLOYD RIVER AT ALTON
FLOYD RIVER AT LE MARS
OCHEYEDAN RIVER NEAR SPENCER
LITTLE SIOUX RIVER NEAR MILFORD
LITTLE SIOUX RIVER AT SPENCER
LITTLE SIOUX RIVER AT LINN GROVE
LITTLE SIOUX RIVER AT CHEROKEE
LITTLE SIOUX RIVER NEAR CORRECTIONVILLE
DES MOINES RIVER NEAR WINDOM
DES MOINES RIVER AT JACKSON

Waters have crested and started to return to normal levels in some areas of Sioux Falls. But Thursday night through Friday night looks pretty interesting as far as additional precipitation is concerned.
The GFS showing a mid level boundary and seems to have plenty of forcing to support some light precipitation maybe, .75”. Although it looks like it should turn to snow pretty quickly as the northern wave leaves it should pull a good amount of cold air to the south in the low and mid levels.

Here is a slide show of some photos of the flooded areas I photographed.

Click on this

Congress “You’re Fired!”

There are events developing in congress that just really ticks me off which I will rant about.
Now I don’t usually blog about politics but this just really has me steamed!!!!

Congress has allowed the FEMA flood insurance program to expire. This will ripple across the country but my concern is for my fellow South Dakotans. We currently have 52″ of snow pack on the ground and elsewhere there are mountains of this stuff everywhere. We have run out of places to put it. There is a another weather system shaping up for next week that has the potential to just sock us one more time. So what are we supposed to do?

FEMA was just here last week urging everyone to get flood insurance and when residents attempted to purchase their policies, or renew policies insurance agents could not even get them quotes as they were locked out of system.

Flood policies have a 30 day period before it actually goes into affect. “Hello Congress, “IT’S SPRING” the melt has begun.

This is clear evidence that our elected leaders do not give a CRAP about the people. I have yet to hear a statement from either one of our senators John Thune, Tim Johnson, or our representitive Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.
I for one am sick and tired over the combination of bills in congress. This bill by the way also affects unemployment as well.

Wait, what? Unemployment tied to a FEMA bill or is it the other way around? Does it matter? The ramafications of this are endless.

Think of the unemployed person struggling just to get by with that bogus system only to have his house flood from the snow melt. Banks will be stuck with properties that will have to be bulldozed because of black mold and other issues arising from water.

This is exactly why things cannot get done inside govt. and people should rely on what works.. the privet sector.

I don’t expect nor should the city get involved in this to help it’s citizens with this because this is not their fight. But I do expect the state govt. to place pressure to get this resolved.

And before you say it, THIS IS NOT BUSH’S FAULT or even OBAMA. This issue rest solely on the shoulders of CONGRESS who have shown time and time again to care less for the people and more for their display of their delusional feeling of being important.

Just remember at the polls who really cares.