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 1 February 1951 → One of the worst ice storms ever to hit the United States deposited a glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania. The storm caused 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for up to ten days.
 1 February 1953 → An intense low pressure system swept across the North Sea. Wind speeds at Aberdeen, Scotland exceeded 125 mph. A storm surge of 13 feet breached dams in the Netherlands, flooding 4 million acres, or one-sixth of the country.
 1 February 1972 → A blizzard in Iran ended a four year drought, but a full week of cold and snow caused the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.
 1 February 2011 → An immense blizzard dropped as much as two feet of snow from Tulsa through southwest Missouri, northeast Missouri, central Illinois, northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, to Lower Michigan. The northern suburbs of Chicago received 21 inches, and the Chicago lakefront recorded 70 mph winds!

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December 3, 1985:

Light snow and strong winds gusting to near 40 mph caused ground blizzard conditions over parts of central and western sections of South Dakota on the 3rd. Schools were canceled in the Huron area, and some roads were blocked due to the strong winds and blowing and drifting snow.

December 3, 1991:

Strong northwesterly winds behind a departing surface low brought blizzard conditions and dangerously cold wind chill readings across west central and southwest Minnesota on the 3rd. A general 1 to 3 inch snowfall occurred across the area, and combined with winds gusting to 50 mph at times to generate whiteout conditions from the morning into the evening. Air temperatures combined with the strong wind to produce wind chill values ranging from 30 to 50 below zero. A number of schools and businesses were closed during the morning as the storm intensified. Several car accidents and jackknifed tractor-semitrailers littered roadways. Many roads were closed at the height of the storm. Power outages occurred over a small portion of the area due to the strong winds downing ice-covered power lines.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 63 (1941) Aberdeen: -18 (1905)
Kennebec: 73 (1948) Kennebec: -16 (1905)
Mobridge: 63 (1941) Mobridge: -13 (1985)
Pierre: 76 (1941) Pierre: -6 (1950)
Sisseton: 64 (1941) Sisseton: -17 (1985)
Timber Lake: 60 (1941) Timber Lake: -11 (2006)
Watertown: 64 (1941) Watertown: -16 (1985)
Wheaton: 58 (1962) Wheaton: -24 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.58" (1933) Aberdeen: 4.8" (1955)
Kennebec: 0.49" (1955) Kennebec: 11.0" (1955)
Mobridge: 0.22" (1955) Mobridge: 3.7" (1955)
Pierre: 0.81" (1955) Pierre: 9.5" (1955)
Sisseton: 0.65" (1953) Sisseton: 6.5" (1953)
Timber Lake: 0.32" (1955) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1955)
Watertown: 1.33" (1953) Watertown: 11.0" (1953)
Wheaton: 0.30" (1951) Wheaton: 4.3" (1927)


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