Mostly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then a chance of showers after midnight. Lows around 40. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph shifting to the west 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
Breezy. Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Temperature steady or slowly falling in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the west 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.
... Wind Advisory in effect from 10 am this morning to 7 PM CDT this evening...
The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a Wind Advisory... which is in effect from 10 am this morning to 7 PM CDT this evening.
* Timing... strong and gusty southeast winds are expected through this evening... before switching around to the northwest behind a cold front tonight.
* Winds... southeasterly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph or higher are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult... especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.
Fire Weather Watch
Statement as of 4:00 AM MDT on April 23, 2014
... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening for wind and low relative humidity for fire weather zones 267... 268... 269... 270 and 271...
The National Weather Service in Aberdeen has issued a Fire Weather Watch for wind and low relative humidity... which is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening.
* Affected area... in South Dakota... fire weather zones 267... 268... 269... 270 and 271.
* Winds... northwest 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph.
* Relative humidity... as low as 17 percent.
* Impacts... explosive fire growth may be possible Thursday afternoon.
A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are possible. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:31 am CDT on April 23, 2014
... South Dakota severe weather awareness week...
... Tornado drill schedule today...
The National Weather Service... South Dakota office of emergency management... and other state... County and local agencies... have been conducting awareness activities this week. The highlight is a tornado drill today. The drill will test the statewide warning and communications system.
The schedule today is as follows...
1000 am - the National Weather Service will issue a simulated Tornado Watch for South Dakota.
1015 am - the National Weather Service will issue a simulated Tornado Warning for South Dakota. Note that most cities and counties statewide will activate outdoor warning Siren systems.
1030 am - the National Weather Service will issue an... end of test... message using the severe weather statement. It should be stated that there will not be any warning tone on NOAA Weather Radio for this end of test message.
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