Entertainment · July 7, 2022

“It looks like we’re in Stranger Things”: A haunting green sky appears over Sioux Falls

‘It Looks Like We’re Into Stranger Things’: A haunting green sky appears over Sioux Falls after a storm with winds up to 99 miles per hour swept through the city

  • A power derecho hit several Midwestern states Tuesday, including South Dakota
  • Sioux Falls residents were shocked as a haunting green sky rolled over the area
  • A derecho is an intense windstorm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms
  • This violent storm brought winds of up to 100 mph and cut power to thousands in the area

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Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota felt like they were stepping into an episode of the Netflix series Stranger Things as the sky turned a haunting green color on Tuesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) revealed that it wasn’t due to a tornado as some believed, but rather to a derecho.

A derecho is an intense windstorm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms.

This one in particular sped across the northern Midwest with winds up to 99 miles per hour knocking out thousands of power.

Isaac Longley, weather forecaster at AccuWeather, told DailyMail.com: “Although it is relatively common to see these green skies, particularly on the plains, the sky appeared in connection with the severe storms that swept through Sioux on the afternoon of July 5th If pulled, uniformly greener than normal.

“Of course, that caught the attention of many who had never seen such a green sky.”

“In this particular case, the green skies lasted about 10 to 20 minutes as the storms approached the town of Sioux Falls.”

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Residents of Sioux Falls, South Dakota felt like they were stepping into an episode of the Netflix series Stranger Things as the sky turned a haunting green color on Tuesday

The storm poured into the Sioux Falls around 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST, carrying with it cloudy green skies.

The storm abated around 5:30 p.m., by which time more than 26,000 people in the city were without power.

Crews are assessing damage across the city, with several areas expected to be restored by 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to Xcel Energy’s blackout map.

“Thunderstorms tend to occur later in the day as the sun’s energy helps fuel them during the day,” Longley told DailyMail.com.

The National Weather Service (NWS) revealed that it was not due to a tornado, as most believed, but to a derecho.  A derecho is an intense windstorm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms

The National Weather Service (NWS) revealed that it was not due to a tornado, as most believed, but to a derecho. A derecho is an intense windstorm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms

“As many of us know, the sun appears redder later in the day as it nears the horizon. However, light under a high thundercloud appears blue due to scattering by water droplets.

“When the blue light is illuminated by the red light from the setting sun, it appears green, which is why some thunderstorms have that greenish tint.”

Residents shared images and video footage of the storm, with some comparing it to Upside down in Stranger Things or a scene from Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz movie.

Isaac Longley, weather forecaster at AccuWeather, told DailyMail.com:

Isaac Longley, weather forecaster at AccuWeather, told DailyMail.com: “Although it is relatively common to see these green skies, particularly on the plains, the sky appeared in connection with the severe storms that swept through Sioux on the afternoon of July 5th If pulled, uniformly greener than normal

The derecho stretched from South Dakota to Illinois, causing flooding in the Midwest.

If the wind damage strip extends more than 240 miles and contains wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater over most of its length, the event can be classified as a derecho by definition, the NWS website states.

Some of the highest rainfall was in Indiana, with Fort Wayne seeing six inches and Huntertown seeing nearly eight inches.

And in Timber Lake, South Dakota, residents reported grapefruit-sized hail pouring down.

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