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Worries of drought alleviated by flash flood.

Irony is hurrying to get the field worked and planted before the rain comes in, only to be rewarded for that extra hustle with a flash flood a few days later. It’s signing the lease on a pasture for summer grazing and watching it pool with water. It’s living on top of a hill and having a flooded basement.

That about summed up my weekend, as a storm ripped through parts of South Dakota. Friday and Saturday brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds to my neck of the woods, with tornados touching down in Southwestern Minnesota, as well.

My rain gauge showed more than 7 in. of rain as a result of the two-day storm, and the flash floods washed away many roads in the area. The National Weather Service estimated wind gusts at more than 70 mph. The weekend rains have swelled many rivers, including the Big Sioux, the James and the Little Vermillion, in eastern South Dakota. Some are at or near major flood stage.

Now, on the plus side, I got to spend some quality time with my husband scooping water, picking up fallen branches and wading through water and mud to do chores. And, thankfully, we didn’t experience too much hail damage. Most importantly, no one was hurt, and the baby calves are doing well. We were able to get many pairs to pasture before the storm, so they were out of the mud and enjoying the high ground in the grassy hills. Our alfalfa stand survived the storm, and haying season will be able to start on schedule in a few weeks.

Mother Nature threw us a curveball, and while it’s hardly the worst storm I’ll ever experience on the South Dakota prairie, it certainly makes life interesting for now. How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Did you catch any of the wind, rain and hail over the weekend? Or, are you hurting for moisture? How are you sitting for summer grazing and haying season?

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