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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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April 9, 1997:

A late season storm produced snow from the Black Hills through South Central South Dakota. The greatest amounts occurred in a 40 mile wide swath generally along and south of Interstate 90. Snowfall amounts include 9 inches at Rapid City, 12 inches at Deerfield, 10 inches at Custer, 11 inches at Mission, and 12 inches at Winner. Outside this swath, snowfall generally ranged from 3 to 6 inches.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 91 (1977) Aberdeen: 8 (1997)
Kennebec: 93 (1977) Kennebec: 9 (1989)
Mobridge: 89 (1977) Mobridge: 7 (1997)
Pierre: 94 (1977) Pierre: 14 (1989)
Sisseton: 90 (1977) Sisseton: 3 (1997)
Timber Lake: 90 (1977) Timber Lake: 4 (1997)
Watertown: 85 (1977) Watertown: 4 (1997)
Wheaton: 89 (1977) Wheaton: 11 (1997)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.90" (1904) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1904)
Kennebec: 1.00" (1913) Kennebec: 10.0" (1913)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1949) Mobridge: 1.6" (1975)
Pierre: 0.78" (1949) Pierre: 5.8" (2013)
Sisseton: 0.46" (1969) Sisseton: 2.0" (1932)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (1995) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1995)
Watertown: 0.29" (1978) Watertown: 2.0" (1913)
Wheaton: 1.32" (1978) Wheaton: 2.0" (1952)


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