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Wintry Conditions Over The Rockies, Heavy Rainfall And Flash Flooding Threat Over The Desert Southwest

Remnant moisture from what was once Tropical Storm Raymond will continue to produce heavy rainfall and the threat for flash flooding over the Desert Southwest into Thursday. Some of the flooding could be locally significant. Heavy snow will be common over the Rockies and will likely cause hazardous travel conditions. Read More >

According to the American Meteorological Society Glossary of Meteorology, a heat burst is a "localized, sudden increase in surface temperature associated with a thunderstorm, shower, or mesoscale convective system, often accompanied by extreme drying."

Indeed, several Mesonet weather stations just northwest of Mobridge, SD (including the Mahto SDSU and McLaughlin+Trail City RWIS stations) recorded sudden increases in temperature and decreases in humidity, along with spikes in wind gusts from 10 pm Friday to 1 am Saturday morning. Notably, the Mahto station rose ~15 degrees in 20 minutes peaking at 96 degrees at 11 pm, and gusted to 62 mph just before at 10:55 pm. Showers falling into the right environment led to this fairly rare phenomenon. See the slides below for more details.