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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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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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