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Climate and Weather

Climate and weather impact the daily lives and livelihoods of all South Dakotans. Climate extremes, like flood and drought, and weather events, like blizzards and thunderstorms, have an impact on farms, rural communities and cities across the state. SDSU Extension has information and resources to keep South Dakotans informed and to help prepare for climate and weather extremes in all seasons of the year.

Resources by Topic

Color-coded precipitation outlook map of the United States.

Forecasts and Outlooks

View the latest precipitation, temperature and climate trends with analysis from our state climatologist.

Color-coded drought monitor map of South Dakota. As of April eighth, Northeast South Dakota is facing extreme drought, while the rest of the state is under abnormally dry to severe drought conditions.


Stay ahead of drought impacts with timely climate updates, business insights and research-tested management tips.

Green shield icon above an illustration of a flooded home.


View resources to prepare for and recover from flood situations in farms, businesses, homes and communities.

Additional Resources

Additional climate and weather information can be found at the Mesonet at SDState, National Weather Service, NOAA Climate Prediction Center and United States Drought Monitor websites.

Upcoming Events

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Apr 26

Drought Hour: April 2021

Join us on Mondays at 11 a.m. CST starting April 12 for more information on Drought in South Dakota.