So far this year we have had our fair share of severe weather. That share may go up tonight.

According to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, most of South Dakota along with parts of Nebraska and Minnesota are at a slight risk of severe weather. Iowa is reported to have a marginal or lesser risk of getting severe storms.

Scattered severe thunderstorms are possible that could bring large hail and strong winds.

National Weather Service Sioux Falls
National Weather Service Sioux Falls
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Severe storms often occur along the edge of a cold front as it moves through an area, as will be the case tonight as temperatures are going to cool down for the next couple of days after three days of extreme heat.

According to UCAR:

As the cold front passes, winds become gusty. There is a sudden drop in temperature, and also heavy rain, sometimes with hail, thunder, and lightning. Atmospheric pressure changes from falling to rising at the front. After a cold front moves through your area, you may notice that the temperature is cooler, the rain has stopped, and the cumulus clouds are replaced by stratus and stratocumulus clouds or clear skies.

Here Are The 7 Remaining Drive-In Theaters In South Dakota

If you were born last century...you know, in the nineteen hundreds (ugh)...you may have spent a summer evening in the car watching movies. I don't mean on your phone, I mean at the drive-in movie theater!

If you were in Sioux Falls in the 1970s and '80's you may remember seeing Jaws and Indiana Jones at The East Park or the Starlite Drive-In. Both drive-ins opened just after World War 2. The East Park didn't make it out of the '70s, closing in 1978. The Starlite survived long enough to see the birth of home video, closing in 1985.


Drive-in movies had a bit of a resurgence during the pandemic. They were a way to go out and do something social without getting out of your car.

If you tried one during that time, or you remember the fun of a warm summer evening watching movies on that giant screen there are still places in South Dakota and around Sioux Falls you can do it.