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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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