NWS on pace to issue most number of thunderstorm warnings for South Dakota in single year

Dominik Dausch
Sioux Falls Argus Leader
The National Weather Service has issued more severe thunderstorm warnings in South Dakota than ever, year-to-date. NWS said they sent 43 weather warnings just for the July 5 derecho.

There's been no shortage of weather events for National Weather Service's various South Dakota offices to keep track of so far during 2022. In fact, there's never been a busier time for the service to issue storm warnings across the state

On Thursday, South Dakota State University state climatologist Laura Edwards pointed out on Twitter the meteorological agency has issued 561 severe thunderstorm warnings in South Dakota through July 6, the highest number of alerts ever for the state on record.

More: NWS confirms derecho swept through southeastern South Dakota with winds up to 99 mph

So far, the year is well ahead of the previous record for these warnings, which was 430 in 2007. Last year's severe thunderstorm warning total is less than a third of what was recorded this year.

According to the National Weather Service of Sioux Falls, the agency issued 43 severe thunderstorm warnings alone Tuesday across the state just for the derecho.

Between May 29-30, the Sioux Falls office also issued 80 severe weather and tornado warnings after a severe thunderstorm rolled over its coverage area, which includes southwestern Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

Dominik Dausch is the agriculture and environment reporter for the Argus Leader and editor of Farm Forum. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook @DomDNP and send news tips to ddausch@gannett.com.