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December 7, 1963:

Winds of 50 to 60 mph resulted in blowing snow all day on the 7th, which reduced visibilities to near zero and produced snow drifts several feet deep in many areas. Snowfall in eastern South Dakota was generally from 3 to 7 inches with 1 to 2 inches in the western part of the state. Storm total snowfall included 8 inches at Sisseton, 5 inches at Watertown and Wheaton, 4 inches at Aberdeen, and 2 inches at Mobridge.

December 7, 1971:

Heavy snow of 7 to 12 inches was reported in north central South Dakota on the 7th. Timber Lake and Eagle Butte each reported 12 inches of snow. Strong winds accompanied the snow and caused extensive drifting. Drifts up to 15 feet were reported in sheltered areas near Lemmon. 7 inches fell at Mobridge and 11 inches fell at Selby. McIntosh received 4 inches.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 60 (1918) Aberdeen: -24 (1976)
Kennebec: 67 (1918) Kennebec: -11 (2006)
Mobridge: 62 (1918) Mobridge: -17 (1927)
Pierre: 58 (1965) Pierre: -11 (1972)
Sisseton: 51 (1990) Sisseton: -21 (1972)
Timber Lake: 62 (1918) Timber Lake: -21 (1936)
Watertown: 56 (1918) Watertown: -17 (1936)
Wheaton: 60 (1918) Wheaton: -23 (1972)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1957) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1957)
Kennebec: 0.30" (1951) Kennebec: 5.0" (1902)
Mobridge: 0.63" (1971) Mobridge: 7.1" (1971)
Pierre: 0.19" (1951) Pierre: 3.0" (1958)
Sisseton: 0.16" (1979) Sisseton: 1.5" (1963)
Timber Lake: 0.72" (1971) Timber Lake: 12.0" (1971)
Watertown: 0.60" (1927) Watertown: 5.0" (1927)
Wheaton: 0.16" (1927) Wheaton: 1.5" (1927)


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