Weather’s Comin’

Of all my favorite South Dakotan vernacular phrases, one of the best is, “there’s weather coming!”

“Weather,” in the South Dakota vernacular, in anything particularly severe and/or unexpected and/or different from what we’re currently experiencing. We were eating breakfast at the Cherry Street Grille Sunday morning and heard one diner proclaim it to another across the aisle.

I’m not sure there is a counterpoint term for what we get the rest of the time, since “weather” is reserved for what we’re getting today and in the next few days.

Here, it’s severe thunderstorms and flood watches and warnings.  We’re under a tornado watch, and a couple counties west of here there’s a tornado warning.

Center state, there’s a combination of blizzards, tornado watches, and flood warnings, and West River they’re shutting down I-90 west of Chamberlain at 6pm because of the blizzard conditions.

Ah, the land of infinite variety that is the great state of South Dakota!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Oh, I’m thinking we have the “better weather” here today (eastern WI).

  2. Posted by Glenda on March 24, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Even those of us who have moved away are still watching. I have been checking out all of the weather websites, and calling my parents, who still are on the ranch in western SD. Once you’ve lived in SD, it is hard not to be a serious weather follower. I will keep my fingers crossed for all of your plants and trees!

    Glenda in CO

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