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 25 December 1974Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia. Winds gusted up to 135 mph, even though it was the smallest hurricane-strength tropical cyclone on record with a diameter of only 60 miles, and gale force winds only extending 30 miles out from the center. At least 65 lives were claimed.
 25 December 2004 → It was New Orleans' first (and, so far, only) Christmas with measurable snowfall, with half an inch of snow. It was also their fourth heaviest snow on record.
 25 December 2011 → Tennis ball sized hail, flash flooding, and two tornadoes struck west of Melbourne, Australia. Also, the South Pole experienced its warmest temperature on record: 10 degrees.

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December 8, 1995:

A powerful Arctic front moved across west central Minnesota and central, north central, and northeast South Dakota throughout the day with winds of 30 to 60 mph. With temperatures falling and one to four inches of snowfall in the morning and afternoon, the high winds produced blizzard conditions with blowing snow and extreme wind chills of 40 to 70 below zero. Many schools, college classes, and activities were canceled for the day. Travel was also greatly affected.

December 8, 1996:

A Summit man died from exposure to the extreme cold after his vehicle became stuck in the snow. The man attempted to walk for help and was found about one mile from his car in the driveway of a home about a mile and a half west and one mile south of Summit. Temperatures in Summit were in the teens all day, dropping to near zero by the morning of the 9th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1894) Aberdeen: -27 (1927)
Kennebec: 68 (1939) Kennebec: -22 (1927)
Mobridge: 59 (1990) Mobridge: -33 (1927)
Pierre: 62 (1939) Pierre: -15 (2005)
Sisseton: 59 (1990) Sisseton: -18 (1976)
Timber Lake: 64 (1939) Timber Lake: -30 (1927)
Watertown: 57 (1990) Watertown: -27 (1927)
Wheaton: 58 (1990) Wheaton: -21 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.36" (1961) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1961)
Kennebec: 0.22" (1893) Kennebec: 4.0" (1893)
Mobridge: 0.17" (1961) Mobridge: 3.1" (1961)
Pierre: 0.34" (1924) Pierre: 2.0" (2009)
Sisseton: 0.75" (1963) Sisseton: 6.0" (1963)
Timber Lake: 0.13" (1951) Timber Lake: 1.3" (2009)
Watertown: 0.67" (1924) Watertown: 9.0" (1924)
Wheaton: 0.28" (1966) Wheaton: 4.8" (1963)


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