Saturday, December 5, 2020


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West River Eagle Local Weather Outlook


Weather is one of the most important factors in our daily lives.  It often defines our activities, prosperity, and wellness.  It defines how and where our communities can gather in ways that are difficult for corporate weathermen to understand.  The weather binds us to our land, kindles our fortitude, and exposes our vulnerabilities.  Our goal is to produce a weekly weather outlook that can be relied upon as a reasonably dependable local-weather resource.

Each week, we will produce a forecast for the following week along with a brief follow up on the previous week’s accuracy.  This week we do not have a previous week to review so a brief overview of our methodology is in order.  We utilize open-source National Weather Service and Department of Agriculture data that are modeled against local geography and historic climate data to produce our local weather outlook.   The data is analyzed digitally against historic trends and is then translated into what we hope to be a reliable forecast.  Additionally, we will monitor local river levels and flood risk as necessary, report on local weather events, and engage in increasing local climate awareness and lowering catastrophic risks caused by extreme weather events.

The week ahead is going to be a chiller.  Watch out for slick roads, icy bridges, and new potholes.  Is it a surprise to anyone that the National Weather Service is forecasting an October winter with temperatures expected to remain between 9° and 34° degrees through next Thursday?  We concur with that assessment; it is going to be unseasonably cold for the rest of the month.  This will be a good week to make sure that your family is ready for winter. 

The outlook at right is specific to the geographic area of the local readership of The West River Eagle including the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, the Cheyenne River valley, the Moreau River valley, and surrounding communities.

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