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Sioux Falls could reach end of wet season, NWS official says

Sioux Falls could reach end of wet season, NWS official says

Sioux Falls could reach end of wet season, NWS official says

Sioux Falls and the surrounding area have had heavier than usual rain this summer.

According to a post from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls on X, formerly Twitter, the last time southeastern South Dakota experienced such rainfall was mid-June 2012. Rainfall totals from January 1 to June 19 in Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Mitchell and Huron are all in the top 15 all-time totals so far this year.

“We’re in a wet period right now,” said Tim Masters, a hydrometeorological technician with the NWS in Sioux Falls. “And it’s way beyond normal.”

In the first 19 days of June, Sioux Falls accumulated 4.09 inches of precipitation, close to the monthly average of 4.23 inches. Another round of storm systems is forecast for Friday, increasing the risk of flooding in Sioux Falls.

However, looking at the Climate Prediction Center’s long-range forecast, Masters says this wet spell may not last much longer.

More: Live Updates: LCSO reports flooding across roads. Sioux Falls under flood watch through Saturday.

“I kind of have a feeling we could be nearing the end,” he said. “We might get a bit wetter towards the end of June, but things are drier for the rest of the summer.”

After this weekend’s storms, the weather forecast is mostly clear and sunny through Wednesday.

Kathryn Kovalenko is an Argus Leader intern paid for by a grant program through Bethel University this summer.