School of Mines students explore October blizzard - KOTA Territory News

School of Mines students explore October blizzard


The October blizzard devastated western South Dakota, and now a group of college students want to explore the storm.

Students in the Weather Club at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology partnered with the Black Hills Chapter of the American Meteorological Society to put together a panel discussion. 

People from several organizations, including the National Weather Service, and the Stockgrowers Association discussed the impact of the storm.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service described the science behind the storm. Members from Pennington County Emergency Management and Black Hills Power, say the hardest part of the storm for them was the lack of mobility. They say because of the weather they had a hard time getting to people in need.

Students who organized the event say they want the audience to learn more about people's roles in the storm and the response effort.  

"I hope they get a better understanding of what goes on during an event like this and how much planning and organization it takes to get through an event as big as this was," said Alana Ballweber, a graduate student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

"I think one of the things we really wanted to was kind of combine the science and the weather with how it actually impacts the local area and what the folks are doing to try to respond to that at the time," said Adam French, an assistant professor at the School of Mines.

Students also held a silent auction with items and gift certificates from local businesses, to benefit the Rancher Relief Fund.

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