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45° F
7° C
Rapid City
  • Feels Like: 44° F 6° C
  • Wind: 4 mph 6 kph at East
  • Humidity: 48%
  • Dew point: 26° F -3° C
  • Barometer: 30 inches millibars and rising
  • Sunrise: 7:23 AM MST
  • Sunset: 4:16 PM MST
Last updated 1:52 PM MST on December 19, 2014

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KOTA Territory Weather Snapshots 2014

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Spearfish Canyon Fall Colors 2014

The weekend of Sept. 20-21 saw the fall colors in Spearfish Canyon at about 75 percent; with a lot of autumn gold, some reds and yellows. Last year, the Oct. 4 blizzard ruined the colors before they peaked. While this year will be different, you can still see damage from that storm.

Facebook Fans' Fall Colors 2014

Thanks to our KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for posting their fall colors photos. Here's a slideshow of their work.

South Dakota Snow, Sept 11, 2014

Sept. 11 is definitely too early for snow, sticking or not ... it is too early. Having said that, thanks to all the KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for posting their scenes this morning. We didn't get all of them in this gallery so check out more on our Facebook page.

Wyoming Snow, Sept 11, 2014

Looks like Wyoming, mostly around Buffalo, got the brunt of this late summer ... yep, it is still summer ... snowstorm. It really is too early for this. However, thanks to all the KOTA Territory News Facebook fans for their photos.

Super Moon - September 2014

If you didn't take advantage of the view of the super moon Monday, Sept. 8, you probably missed the last one for a while since Tuesday night is overcast. So enjoy these KOTA Territory News Facebook posts from viewers.

Arthur weakens to tropical storm

Hurricane Arthur landfall


Hurricane Arthur made landfall in North Carolina late on July 3, but it did not dawdle over the coastline to vandalize neighborhoods for long. By Friday morning, it had weakened to a Category 1 and was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday.

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Rapid City Airport Weather Almanac

Normal High: 36°
Normal Low: 12°
Record High: 59° in 2004
Record Low: -17° in 1990
Sunrise: 7:23 am
Sunset: 4:16 pm
Moonrise: 4:36 am
Moonset: 2:44 pm
Today's Moon Waning crescent
There are currently no severe weather alerts.

Weather Forecast

Mike Modrick, Chief Meteorologist

Mike Modrick was fascinated by weather and science even as a young boy. Then in college, after exploring degrees in computer science, then communications, one class in Meteorology 101 changed his life. That early fascination turned into a career; and in 1981 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology, with a double major in speech, from Iowa State University.

Starting a short weekend warm up today, clouds increase overnight as we could see some light snow along the North Dakota border in the morning. Flurries are not out of the question for Rapid City.

The clouds stick around for Sunday into Monday as we could be dealing with a weak system that will be bringing light snow and rain to South Dakota.

Things could even get a little windy Tuesday behind this next system.

Then all eyes turn to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Will we have a "White Christmas" that's a good question, and it is possible as the weather models keep going back and forth on what could or could not a be a Christmas day storm.

Keep watching KOTA Territory as we will be refining our Christmas Day forecast as we get closer.


Weather Interactives

Anatomy of a tornado

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Storm clouds

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Winter storm

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Flood waters over street signs

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