By noon today, most of yesterday snow on the flat ground with grass and stems sticking out of it had already disappeared. At 4PM, the buttes northwest of Winner, SD. were still bright white with snow. I went to get my camera to take a photo, but the battery went dead. I tried the other battery which I had forgotten to charge. It was dead. Well, I had other things to do. Let the battery charge for an hour or so.
Well, all that bright white on the buttes disappeared late this afternoon. No good photos. I guess temperatures got up to around 70 degrees and it is still warm enough for just a shirt and no jacket. Even if South Dakota may not be a real land of infinite variety, we do have some often rapidly changing weather. We have the benefits of forecasts which are mostly close to what happens, but it is easy to undrstand how pioneers walking or riding these plains on horse or in a wagon could easily get far enough away in good weather to be suddenly caught in blizzards too far away from home to stay warm and many often died as a result. Happened to truckers too even in the 1950's when forecasts did not have satellite observations and radar and were often not much better than a good guess on these open plains far from stabalizing temperatures of the oceans.
And if the weather isn't quite enough, we have the hot air blowing from the Trump administration or off them with heated press coverage to keep things interesting. Apparently ignorance at the White House extends to being unaware that Hitler gassed tens of thousands during WWII. Perhaps the statement would have been correct even if nearly irrelevant had Spicer said Germany did not use gas on the battlefield of Europe in WWII. The White House needs to hire speech and fact checkers with solid knowledge of history and law and current events. Perhaps that would keep their BS-smeared feet out of their mouths.
The White House is not a good place for learning how to be a President when the inane President has zero government experience and the people he chooses to work for him are such ideologues that they aren't aware of the real world that surrounds them and which is not described by alternate facts.
*** Stay tuned and watch your weathermen as the stand in front of the weather maps so we can see their smiling faces for the thousandth time --- Doug Wiken