Fake Tornado Sirens Are Going Off In These South Dakota Towns
This summertime heat has been unbearable for people across the country, including the Sioux Empire. The National Weather Service even extended the Excessive Heat Warning for much of eastern South Dakota including Sioux Falls, now in effect through Thursday evening.
Sometimes with extreme heat and humidity, equipment does not always work properly like tornado sirens. Officers and public officials in some South Dakota towns are alerting the public about the possibility of false tornado sirens going off without there being a tornado threat in the area.
Towns in Lincoln and Turner Counties like Canton, Lennox, and Marion have been hearing false tornado sirens. Some sirens have gone off as early as 4 AM. Obviously hearing these sirens can cause people to panic. That's why the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office made a Facebook post explaining the situation to residents.
So why are these tornado sirens going off? Blame the heat and humidity. Surprisingly, this can happen!
Please be aware that tornado sirens in several towns in Lincoln County have been going off. The heat and humidity are setting them off. This could continue over the next couple of days until the weather changes. Please reference additional warning devices during this time. The sirens will be left up and functioning in case threatening weather does occur.
When the air gets thick and heavy like it is now, radio waves do not travel like they normally do. This is called a "skip." This heat just makes it harder for sound to work properly.
It's never a bad thing to be "weather aware" in case severe weather comes to the Sioux Empire. Make sure you have other resources like the National Weather Service and our weather partners at Dakota News Now to stay up to date with the latest forecast.