This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 29 January 1780 → On the coldest morning of an already severe winter, the mercury dipped to -16 at New York City, and bottomed out at -20 in Hartford. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
 29 January 1921 → Hurricane force winds, with tree-top level gusts estimated to 150 mph, raked the Pacific Northwest during the "Olympic Blowdown." Surface wind gusts along the Washington coast were measured at speeds over 100 mph, and several billion board feet of timber were felled.
 29 January 1951 → The greatest winter storm in the history of Nashville, TN shut the city down until February 5th under a heavy coating of both ice and snow (accompanied by frigid temperatures).

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August 19, 1899:

An estimated F3 tornado passed 3 miles north of Clear Lake. A man was killed by flying debris as five homes and many barns were destroyed.

August 19, 1983:

Between 0155 and 0330 CST, thunderstorm winds blow through Brown County. At 0155, an estimated 64 mph wind guest was observed on the southeast corner of Warner. A 60 mph wind gust was measured at the Aberdeen Airport at 0218. By 0330 and estimated wind gust of 75 mph was observed in Ordway.

August 19, 1986:

Hail, over one inch in diameter, caused damage in Westport and in Aberdeen. This hail damaged buildings, vehicles, and broke windows. Baseball size hail also fell just south of the Brown and Spink County line and covered the ground.

August 19, 1991:

A thunderstorm produced about five inches of rain, strong winds, and hail in Ridgeview, Dewey County. Three grain bins were blown over. One of the bins hit a house causing considerable damage. Wind gusts were estimated to be 60 mph. Strong winds continued into Sully and Hughes Counties.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1976) Aberdeen: 34 (2004)
Kennebec: 105 (1948) Kennebec: 36 (2004)
Mobridge: 103 (1959) Mobridge: 35 (2004)
Pierre: 104 (1948) Pierre: 43 (2004)
Sisseton: 104 (1976) Sisseton: 37 (1956)
Timber Lake: 103 (1948) Timber Lake: 36 (1950)
Watertown: 99 (1976) Watertown: 38 (2004)
Wheaton: 104 (1976) Wheaton: 41 (2004)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.72" (1930)
Kennebec: 1.26" (1952)
Mobridge: 0.73" (1996)
Pierre: 0.82" (1912)
Sisseton: 0.93" (1975)
Timber Lake: 1.00" (1918)
Watertown: 0.86" (1989)
Wheaton: 1.94" (1926)


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