August 3, 2021


Tornadoes Once Again

Tornadoes once again returned to southwest, South Dakota during Wednesday afternoon.  The second time in a week, tornado sirens were activated in Martin, South Dakota.

The Emergency Management in Bennett County reported a tornado on the ground for under one minute about 8 miles northwest of Swett.

Later on about 9 miles west of Allen another tornado dropped from the sky for a few seconds before lifting back into the storm and then coming back down about 5 miles southwest of town.

Back towards the west, multiple weather spotters reported a tornado southwest of Dewey, South Dakota in Custer County.  The Custer County Sheriff's Office took this picture below of the tornado while officers were checking on the storms.


Photo Credit:  Custer County Sheriff's Office

Besides the tornado reports, large hail up to the size of golf balls were found scattered throughout the south.  The first report came in about seven miles west of Rockyford in Oglala Sioux County.  Five mile east of Porcupine, seven miles southwest of Bateland, within the city of Box Elder, nine miles southwest of Jevel Cave, 14 miles south of Presho and 11 miles northeast of Edgemont all join the list for golf ball (1.75") size hail.

More severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for eastern and southern half of the state for Independence Day with the best risk across the southwest again.