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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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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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