Fall Weather Outlook
As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves change color, its time to embrace fall. The smell of pumpkin spiced everything permeates the air and we begin to pull out our favorite sweaters and blankets. As we begin to settle in for winter and the snow storms to come, let’s take a moment to focus on what type of weather events occur in the fall.
As cooler air begins to mix with the leftover warm, humid air from the summer, we can see strong thunderstorms develop. Fall is the secondary peak season for thunderstorms after spring. Fall storms may not be as frequent but can be as powerful. If a storm passes through the Sioux Falls area, be prepared and know what to look for after in terms of damage. Check to see if heavy winds knocked any tree limbs loose that can damage your home. Severe thunderstorms can also bring a lot of rain, so be sure to check for water damage in your home, particularly with your sump pump.
Cooler and longer evenings lead to the development of fog. As the ground absorbs heat from the sun all day, the cooling in the evening can produce fog. Fog won’t do any damage to your home, but it can impair visibility while driving. Be sure to allow yourself extra time when traveling under a fog advisory.
An early frost can wreak havoc on your garden or other vegetation. If you are still trying to squeeze the last bits of productivity out of your garden, be sure to keep an eye out for frost advisories and cover your plants in the early evening.
While tornadoes are typically found in the spring and early summer, the same forces that can cause fall thunderstorms to develop can produce a tornado as well. Be aware and updated on local weather developments. We also recommend having a safety plan in place with your family. Tornadoes can cause devastating damage in a matter of seconds.