A picture is worth 1,000 words – probably more so in the case of major weather events, and South Dakota got a doozy. A snowstorm Friday and Saturday toppled trees, left thousands without power, stranded motorists, and was blamed for several deaths, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Social media sites were hit with a blizzard of images that told the story of a shocking early dose of winter.
South Dakota Public Broadcasting collected a number of images in a Flickr slideshow that shows residents digging out narrow paths amid towering drifts. This poor tree's leaves hadn't even changed color yet:
A video of the Rapid City storm posted to Instagram will make you shiver.
Here's a Weather Channel collection of tweets, with images posted during the storm. Many told the story of harrowing road travel:
The National Weather Service Office in Rapid City posted to its Facebook page three telling images of its own building. Here's one:
The Associated Press has a nine-image slideshow that tells the tale of the storm that bested an October storm in 1919, which dropped 10 inches, a previous record.
MPR has pics, too, including a photo of dead cattle that were unable to weather the storm, sent in by someone who got trapped in an RV.
Here's another great shot from NASA, via MPR:
And the Rapid City Journal has an 85-image slideshow of reader-submitted photos that shows both playful and awe-inspiring images of the storm: