Summer Polar Vortex chills the Black Hills area - KOTA Territory News

Summer Polar Vortex chills the Black Hills area

Just when we thought we were done with cooler weather, a blast of cool air returns. The national media is calling it a polar vortex. Whatever it is, it sent temperatures tumbling overnight in the Black Hills.

Usually, the thermometer reads somewhere in the 80's, but on Monday it was in the low 70's.

David Weisenberg drove his RV up from Arizona. He said he enjoyed the weather over the weekend. “But it was a little chillier today than it has been,” Weisenberg said.

Over at Reptile Gardens, public relations director John Brockelsby said some guests weren’t prepared for the colder temperatures.

“We had guests that came in early this morning, but would go back to their cars to get a wrap," Brockelsby said.

The cooler weather did alter one family’s plans for the day. Beth Hildebrandt, who was visiting Reptile Gardens with her family, said they had planned on go boating. “But with the cooler temperature, we decided it would be a great day to come see the animals," Hildebrandt said.

At some area campgrounds it’s business as usual. Campground owner Marvin Lutz said July has been better than June and visitors seem to enjoy the mild weather.

"I don't think the temperature will drop to where it will freeze water. But dumber things have happened than that. I think we'll be alright."

But given the choice between the heat and the cooler temps, Weisenberg said it’s better than being in Arizona.

“It's a 105 degrees and the humidity is up around 80% right now," Weisenberg said.

While you might think this cool weather is out of character for this time of year. But on this day last year it was almost as cool. The temp topped out at the brisk 73 degrees.
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