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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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April 2, 1998:

The James River began to flood in early April from Columbia to Stratford. The James rose to around 1.5 feet above flood stage at Columbia and Stratford through April into May. The James River mainly flooded farmland, pastureland, and a few roads in the vicinity of the channel.

April 2, 2010:

In South Dakota, a band of heavy snow set up across Corson and Dewey counties during the early morning hours of April 2nd. Along with heavy wet snow, northwest winds gusting up to 40 mph developed. By the time the snow ended in the late morning hours, 6 to 8 inches of snow had fallen. The heavy snow, combined with the strong winds, downed many power poles across the region along with making travel treacherous. Some snowfall amounts included; 4 inches at Eagle Butte; 6 inches at Timber Lake, McLaughlin, and 14 miles north of Isabel; 7 inches at Isabel and 6 miles southeast of McIntosh; 8 inches southwest of Keldron. More than 400 poles were lost to the heavy snow leaving approximately 800 people without power. Eighty lineman worked through the Easter weekend in the snow and mud. McLaughlin and Keldron were the hardest hit. Several hundred people were still without power on April 5th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 84 (1921) Aberdeen: 3 (1975)
Kennebec: 91 (2012) Kennebec: 3 (1936)
Mobridge: 79 (1955) Mobridge: 2 (1975)
Pierre: 78 (1991) Pierre: 5 (1936)
Sisseton: 73 (1991) Sisseton: 4 (1975)
Timber Lake: 78 (2012) Timber Lake: -2 (1936)
Watertown: 79 (1928) Watertown: 2 (1899)
Wheaton: 81 (1928) Wheaton: 0 (1920)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.62" (1940) Aberdeen: 2.3" (2007)
Kennebec: 0.60" (1953) Kennebec: 2.0" (1935)
Mobridge: 0.52" (2010) Mobridge: 3.0" (2007)
Pierre: 0.57" (1905) Pierre: 2.0" (1953)
Sisseton: 0.71" (1905) Sisseton: 4.0" (1978)
Timber Lake: 0.60" (1916) Timber Lake: 7.5" (1916)
Watertown: 0.62" (1965) Watertown: 3.2" (1953)
Wheaton: 0.57" (1960) Wheaton: 2.3" (1951)


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