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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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April 6, 1959:

Dust storms impacted much of the state of South Dakota beginning on the 6th and on into the 7th. The preceding drought period had left little moisture in the soil, so the fall-plowed fields in exposed locations eroded seriously. Strong winds on the 6th and 7th lifted the loose soil, creating areas of blowing dust. In the localities, visibility was less than a quarter mile for short periods. Some observers stated that it was the worst dust event since the 1930s.

April 6, 2006:

Severe thunderstorms the morning of the 6th produced large hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter near Miller in Hand County. Later on, heavy rains of 3 to 6 inches fell from around midday through the afternoon hours causing flash flooding across parts of Spink, Clark, and Day counties. Many county and township roads were flooded with several of the roads damaged or completely washed out. Areas around Frankfort, Doland, Turton, Conde, Crandall, Raymond, Butler, and Bristol were most affected. Many roads were closed. Also, several basements were flooded and sewers were backed up.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 85 (1991) Aberdeen: 6 (2007)
Kennebec: 92 (1959) Kennebec: 7 (1898)
Mobridge: 82 (1912) Mobridge: 11 (2008)
Pierre: 85 (1959) Pierre: 14 (1936)
Sisseton: 85 (1991) Sisseton: 5 (1979)
Timber Lake: 78 (1969) Timber Lake: 0 (1936)
Watertown: 86 (1991) Watertown: 6 (1979)
Wheaton: 84 (1991) Wheaton: 5 (1979)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (2006) Aberdeen: 6.6" (2008)
Kennebec: 0.53" (1919) Kennebec: 5.0" (1935)
Mobridge: 0.31" (1935) Mobridge: 8.0" (2008)
Pierre: 1.12" (1997) Pierre: 11.0" (1997)
Sisseton: 0.94" (2006) Sisseton: 7.5" (1997)
Timber Lake: 0.90" (1915) Timber Lake: 6.6" (2008)
Watertown: 1.53" (2001) Watertown: 6.5" (1938)
Wheaton: 1.20" (1965) Wheaton: 6.0" (1997)


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