Friday, December 11, 2015
Sunday, October 05, 2014
When looking around the Rapid City region today, almost exactly a year removed from the record-setting blizzard of 2013, physical reminders of the storm are hard to find. Trees have been cleared, power lines have been mended, dead cattle have been removed, and disaster recovery funds have be…
Union Center rancher, store owner and District 29 state Rep. Gary Cammack said few ranchers took the reports of a possible October 2013 blizzard seriously at first— that is, until forecasters upped snowfall projections and wind speeds into the near-epic category.
On the morning of Oct. 4, 2013, Rapid Valley Fire Department volunteers were busily preparing for their annual pancake supper when a winter storm exploded into a record-setting blizzard.
Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker may have been out of town when the October blizzard struck, but that didn't stop him from gaining an understanding of the seriousness of the storm and its impact on the city.
When Tif Robertson and her husband Tyler sat on horseback and stared across the breadth of their ranch just after the Oct. 4, 2013 blizzard, Tif recalls choking up over the sight.
The sagging and bent trees that remained once the snow began to melt were a surreal site throughout Rapid City in the weeks following the Oct. 4, 2013 blizzard.
Brett Limbaugh, the director of community planning and development services for Rapid City, remembers the first thought that ran through his mind as Winter Storm Atlas began to form.
Devastation in the form of broken branches and split trees was widespread in the Black Hills, with tens of thousands of trees in the forest suffering damage during the blizzard last October.
One year after losing half of their cattle in the Oct. 4, 2013 blizzard, the future looks a lot brighter for Justin and Megan Long than it did in the days immediately following the storm.
Sculptor Masayuki Nagase has worked in snow before, but he's never worked in so much at one time like he did after the Oct. 4, 2013 blizzard.
When the snow kept falling on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, Shawn Hodges became worried for his colleagues in Rapid City Regional Hospital's intensive care unit.
If removing downed trees from Rapid City parks after the Oct. 4, 2013 blizzard was time-consuming and expensive, replacing those trees is even more challenging.
Beyond the sheer volume of snow that fell, the unbearable weight of the wet snow and the vast range of land that was blitzed by Winter Storm Atlas, perhaps the most surprising thing about the storm was that it arrived so early in the season and caught so many of us off guard.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
For South Dakota ranch families reeling from the physical and emotional stress of the Oct. 4 blizzard that killed tens of thousands of farm animals, even tougher days may lie ahead when they confront the financial consequences of the storm.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
During and after any natural disaster, the world of commerce is always affected, as some businesses and entrepreneurs find opportunities to make money, while others suffer stinging losses.
Last weekend’s record-breaking blizzard brought out the best in West River residents. But there also were disappointments. Here is a Blizzard 2013 edition of the Good, Bad & Ugly.
J.B. Lord drove up to his ranch in Sturgis on Sunday and was rendered speechless by the depth of the snow and damage he discovered from the blizzard's aftermath.
As the snow began to whip up on Friday, Oct. 4, a young bride-to-be was having breakfast with her bridesmaids when her phone rang. Her salon called to cancel their nail appointments. Throughout the morning, her phone kept ringing, and one by one her weekend wedding plans unraveled.