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April 3, 1968:

Heavy snowfall, up to ten inches, was accompanied by winds of over 60 mph in parts of South Dakota. Snow drifts of up to 4 feet were reported and many roads were closed. Aberdeen was one of the hardest hit areas with 10.5 inches of snow and wind gusts of 62 mph. The strong winds and localized areas of icing caused considerable damage to utility lines.

April 3, 2003:

Dry vegetation, along with windy conditions, caused a grassland burn northeast of Bath, near the James River in South Dakota, to get out of control during the early afternoon hours. Strong north to northeast winds of 20 to 35 mph caused the fire to spread quickly south along the James River. The fire became one and a half miles wide and burned six miles to the south before it was brought under control. A total of 4,000 acres were burned. The smoke from the fire could be seen from miles around and lowered visibilities enough to close State Highway 12 two different times. At one point, traffic had to be diverted on Highway 12 for six hours due to the low visibility in smoke. Also, the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railroad was delayed in Bristol and Andover on April 3rd because of the smoke. Twenty-one fire departments with around 250 people worked to bring the fire under control.

April 3, 2009:

A strong area of low pressure moved across the Central Plains producing widespread snow over central and north central South Dakota. Along with the snow came strong north winds of 15 to 30 mph causing areas of blowing snow and poor visibilities. The snow and poor visibility caused some travel problems. Snowfall amounts ranged from a few inches, to almost a foot of snow. Some of the snowfall amounts included; 6 inches near Presho and Okaton, Fort Thompson, and Timber Lake; 7 inches in Murdo and 16 S Ree Heights; 8 inches 14 NNE Isabel and 11 inches 3 NW Parade and 6 E Hayes.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1921) Aberdeen: -2 (1975)
Kennebec: 87 (1943) Kennebec: -7 (1936)
Mobridge: 80 (1943) Mobridge: 1 (1975)
Pierre: 83 (1943) Pierre: 1 (1936)
Sisseton: 75 (1991) Sisseton: 0 (1975)
Timber Lake: 83 (1943) Timber Lake: -3 (1936)
Watertown: 78 (1910) Watertown: 0 (1975)
Wheaton: 79 (1929) Wheaton: 3 (1975)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.86" (1940) Aberdeen: 10.5" (1968)
Kennebec: 1.35" (1968) Kennebec: 5.5" (1968)
Mobridge: 1.31" (1946) Mobridge: 10.0" (1946)
Pierre: 0.79" (1968) Pierre: 7.6" (1968)
Sisseton: 1.14" (1956) Sisseton: 7.0" (1940)
Timber Lake: 1.43" (1946) Timber Lake: 4.0" (2007)
Watertown: 1.36" (1968) Watertown: 2.0" (2007)
Wheaton: 1.23" (1940) Wheaton: 5.5" (2007) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.