More proof that S.D. is the ‘Land of Infinite Variety’

Out here on the Great Plains, weather is more than a word. It’s a constant companion. Some days it’s a threat, and other days it’s cause for joy. Some days it’s both. Storms roll up on us out here out of seemingly nowhere, and temperatures can fall and rise at the drop of a hat. That unpredictability of weather is one reason South Dakota is known as the "Land of Infinite Variety."

We’ve had a good dose of that variety over the past three days in southeast South Dakota. Where I live, we’ve received 7.05 inches of rain in three days. During that same time period, a storm brought heavy rain and 100 mph winds to Sioux Falls and severely damaged some structures.

By the end of the summer, we could be dealing with oppressive heat and dryness. That’s one of the things that makes South Dakota interesting.

In the meantime, I and many other South Dakotans will be checking our sump pumps frequently.

Categories: Eastern SD
Tags: Weather

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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