October 16, 2021


Recap on Thursday’s Severe Winds

Watertown, SD
Watertown, SD

NORTHEAST, SOUTH DAKOTA - Thursday brought widespread severe weather reports from large hail across the west to damaging winds to the northeast.

During the evening hours, an area of intense storms that started near the Aberdeen area.  Strong 81mph wind gust was reported on ASOS system about four miles southeast of town.  Also in Brown County, winds of 71mph was recorded near Richmond Lake and several power poles and trees down near Groton.

As the storms moved eastward, Day County Emergency Management reported a number of trees and power lines down in Bristol.  Outside of Webster to the south, a thunderstorm wind gust of 62mph was observed.

To the southeast, several trees were blown down across the northwest region of Codington County.  Near Sandy Shore State Park, a lot of tree were blown down to include Cottonwood and Evergreens.  A wind gust of 58mph was picked up from an ASOS observation.

In Deuel County, the severe thunderstorm pushed through bring winds up 51mph near Toronto and 64mph about 7 miles northeast of Estelline.

The strongest winds recorded during the event occurred in Roberts County were this semi truck was blown over along Interstate 29.  A thunderstorm wind gust of 95mph was reported just northwest of Summit, which is just under a category two hurricane!

Near Summit, SD - Photo Credit:  South Dakota Highway Patrol
Near Summit, SD - Photo Credit: South Dakota Highway Patrol