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April 5, 2000:

High winds of 35 to 50 mph gusting to around 70 mph blew across central and north central South Dakota from the late morning to the late afternoon hours. As a result, several trees and many tree branches were downed, many structures, roofs, billboards, and road signs were damaged, a few mobile homes were overturned, and some power outages occurred. Not only did the high winds make driving difficult but, at some locations, they stirred up dirt causing visibilities to drop to near zero at times. Some detours and traffic collisions resulted due to the low visibility in blowing dirt. Airborne objects broke some windows across the area. One house had all of the windows on the front porch blown out. Also, a few semi tractor-trailers were tipped over by the high winds. Wind gusts included, 60 mph at Pierre, 63 mph at Kennebec, 64 mph at Mobridge, 65 mph at Pollock, and 71 mph at McLaughlin. The high winds and extremely dry conditions combined with downed and arcing electrical lines, out of control burns, and smoldering embers from previous fires resulted in several grassfires across central and north central South Dakota. Several thousand acres of grassland, hundreds of haybales and haystacks, along with some trees and fences were burned. Also, the smoke from some of these fires created low visibilities and difficult driving conditions on some roads.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 86 (1991) Aberdeen: 6 (2007)
Kennebec: 87 (1991) Kennebec: 9 (1926)
Mobridge: 82 (1991) Mobridge: 8 (1979)
Pierre: 85 (1991) Pierre: 14 (1996)
Sisseton: 83 (1991) Sisseton: 7 (1979)
Timber Lake: 80 (1991) Timber Lake: 3 (1936)
Watertown: 83 (1991) Watertown: -10 (1926)
Wheaton: 84 (1991) Wheaton: 5 (1979)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.48" (1997) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1958)

Kennebec: 1.43" (1938) Kennebec: 8.0" (1964)
Mobridge: 0.85" (1997) Mobridge: 5.3" (1997)
Pierre: 1.47" (1997) Pierre: 8.0" (1938)
Sisseton: 1.65" (1997) Sisseton: 9.0" (1901)
Timber Lake: 1.41" (1997) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1938)
Watertown: 0.65" (1964) Watertown: 5.5" (1935)
Wheaton: 1.82" (1997) Wheaton: 7.0" (1964)


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