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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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August 5, 1987:

Six tornadoes touched down in central South Dakota. Five of theses tornadoes touched down in Lyman county, including three which did damage near Kennebec within 25 minutes of each other. One of the tornadoes destroyed three farms, downing outbuildings, power lines, granaries, and killing farm animals.

August 5, 2000:

A wet microburst with winds estimated at 120 mph caused heavy damage in and around Mitchell. Apartments and several mobile homes were destroyed, vehicles were overturned, and other damage occurred to buildings and vehicles. Widespread tree and power line damage also occurred. Ten people were injured, although the majority of the injuries were minor. The damage path was approximately a mile and a half long and a mile wide, extending over the southwest part of Mitchell.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 107 (1941) Aberdeen: 41 (1994)
Kennebec: 109 (1941) Kennebec: 43 (1994)
Mobridge: 108 (1941) Mobridge: 46 (2012)
Pierre: 109 (1941) Pierre: 48 (2012)
Sisseton: 101 (1934) Sisseton: 46 (1994)
Timber Lake: 106 (1941) Timber Lake: 46 (1946)
Watertown: 97 (1937) Watertown: 41 (1915)
Wheaton: 99 (1976) Wheaton: 48 (1990)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.08" (1960)
Kennebec: 1.02" (1950)
Mobridge: 1.99" (1950)
Pierre: 1.39" (1909)
Sisseton: 2.50" (1900)
Timber Lake: 1.10" (1918)
Watertown: 1.32" (1900)
Wheaton: 1.41" (1942)


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