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Heavy Rains Again For Sioux Falls

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Heavy rains could roll through the area again Wednesday afternoon and into the evening throughout much of southeastern South Dakota. This is not coming as the best news for those removing sodden carpet and padding from their basements due to torrential rains in the past few days.

From the National Weather Service:

NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA
WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS
WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TO PRODUCE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL…WITH
THE HEAVIEST RAINS MORE LIKELY LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
WEDNESDAY NIGHT. GIVEN THE EXTREME AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN
OVER THE WATCH AREA THE PAST FEW DAYS…ANY ADDITIONAL SIGNIFICANT
RAINFALL WILL LIKELY RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING.

The rains and threat of severe weather will be present with a combination of hail-producing clouds, high winds, and heavy rains. Strong upper-atmospheric disturbances are already occurring in Nebraska those could make for an active night.

A severe line of thunderstorms rolled through much central early this morning dumping heavy rain, pea to dime size hail and high winds. Oacoma, SD. recorded a top wind speed of 79 mph.

IN GENERAL...THE ATMOSPHERE LOOKS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MULTICELL
THUNDERSTORMS...KEEPING ISOLATED SUPERCELL POTENTIAL DOWN
SOMEWHAT LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THIS SHOULD HELP TO
KEEP THE TORNADO THREAT DOWN. - National Weather Service

Make sure you have a severe weather plan in place, especially if you have kids that stay home during the day. The threat of severe weather is prominent across the Midwest. As you can see, we are in the the “greatest risk of severe storms” area.

Parts of the area could receive up to 3 inches of rain. Other areas will get a half-inch to an inch. The storms will start after 1 p.m. and pick up after 3 p.m.” – Kyle Weisser with the National Weather Service

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The Weather Channel

Due to the possibility of heavy rains, the Flash Flood Watch continues for much of South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota until 7am Thursday morning. That may be extended if the rains continue through the night.

One of the big questions is how much more water can be absorbed into the soil? How long can corn live in a pond?

SD field in water
SDSU Agronomist Nathan D. Mueller via Twitter

If you have a sump pump, here’s a good reminder. Check the clamps that fasten the hose to the unit. I have a friend who has a flooded basement because the hose popped off in the night. Ugh!

With all the rain we’ve had here’s an interesting fact: Sioux Falls is now on pace to have one of its top five wettest Mays on record.

The weather should be clearing up toward the weekend, which is good news. After all, Ribfest is here.

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