Share

South Dakota Residents Not Bothered by Heavy Snow

October 16, 2013

LEAD, S.D. — Parts of the northern Black Hills have received more than 6 feet of snow in less than two weeks, but residents say they're taking it in stride.

"We are as tough as shoe leather," Deadwood resident Mary Kopco told the Rapid City Journal. "I mean, we have to be."

(MORE: Photos from Winter Storm Atlas)

An early October storm dumped more than 4 feet of snow in some areas, and more snow fell early this week. There are reports of more than 80 inches of snow in some spots.

"To me, it is what it is," Lead resident Joe Bailey said as he cleared a sidewalk on Main Street. "You live in South Dakota and you live a mile high — you kind of have to expect some of it."

Cars are buried in snow at a car dealership in Spearfish, S.D. on Oct. 6, 2013. (iWitness weather user: Guzva84)

Snow removal crews in Lead worked around the clock during the past week, and the city issued travel advisories and is seeking a disaster declaration. Still, snow storms are just part of the lifestyle, said Mayor Jerry Apa, who has lived in the town since 1972. In the record-setting winter of 1993-94, Lead got more than 30 feet of snow.

"We've had mild winters, and we've had tough winters," Apa said. "We just roll with the punches."

"We South Dakotans are self-sufficient," he added. "We don't wait for the government to do it. We all pitch in and do it together. Today's just another day in paradise."

Still. this October's snowfall is a little unusual, even in Deadwood, which averages more than 20 feet of snow annually.

(MORE: October's Increasingly Snowy Reputation)

"I've never seen this much snow, not this regular and not this early," Deadwood Public Works Director J.R. Raysor said. "I mean, geez. People are already sick of it and it's only the 15th of October. It's still fall. Come to South Dakota. See our beautiful fall colors — white."

Nonetheless, Raysor said South Dakotans tend to be doers and not complainers.

"This is our South Dakota spirit," he said. "I talked to a guy where I hunt near Lemmon, and he lost a pile of cattle in this blizzard. His attitude was, 'I'm better off than my neighbor is.' That's how South Dakotans think. We're always willing to help out because we know someone always has it tougher than we do. That's how it works here."

MORE: Winter Weather Update


Featured Blogs

93L in Eastern Atlantic Growing More Organized

By Dr. Jeff Masters
July 28, 2014

An area of disturbed weather located near 10°N, 33°W at 8 am EDT Monday, about 500 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, was designated Invest 93L by NHC early Monday morning. This disturbance is a more serious threat than Tropical Depression Two of last week, and has the potential to develop into a strong tropical storm before reaching the Lesser Antilles Islands on Friday or Saturday.

June 2014 Global Weather Extremes Summary

By Christopher C. Burt
July 26, 2014

June was globally the warmest such on record according to NOAA/NCDC. See Jeff Master’s blog about this posted last Thursday. The month featured heat waves in portions of Japan, China, Western Europe, Central Asia, and Mexico. Late season cold and even some snowfall were observed in Estonia, Russia, and Scandinavia mid-month. Deadly flooding occurred in Bulgaria, Paraguay, Afghanistan, India and Sri Lanka. An intense dust storm struck Tehran, Iran on June 2nd. Yet another intense hurricane (Cristina) formed in the Eastern Pacific.

Live Blog: Tracking Hurricane Arthur as it Approaches North Carolina Coast

By Shaun Tanner
July 3, 2014

This is a live blog set up to provide the latest coverage on Hurricane Arthur as it threatens the North Carolina Coast. Check back often to see what the latest is with Arthur. The most recent updates are at the top.

Tropical Terminology

By Stu Ostro
June 30, 2014

Here is some basic, fundamental terminology related to tropical cyclones. Rather than a comprehensive and/or technical glossary, this represents the essence of the meaning & importance of some key, frequently used terms.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
May 15, 2014

It was a very interesting winter across a good part of the nation from the Rockies through the Plains to the Northeast. Let's break down the most significant winter storms on a month by month basis.

What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By Angela Fritz
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.