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 31 July 1861 → The world record for one-year rainfall was set: 1,042 inches at Cherrapunji, India.
 31 July 1964 → Country singer "Gentleman Jim" Reeves flew his single-engine Beechcraft plane into a thunderstorm near Brentwood, TN. The plane crashed, killing Reeves and his manager. Reeves was 40 years old at the time of the crash.
 31 July 1976 → A stationary thunderstorm produced more than 10 inches of rain which funneled into the narrow Thompson River Canyon of northeastern Colorado. A mass of water 20 feet high and traveling at 50 mph wreaked a 25 mile path of destruction from Estes Park to Loveland. 144 people were killed, mostly in vehicles. Ten miles of U.S. Highway 34 were totally destroyed.
 31 July 1993 → Alabama finished its hottest July on record since 1879, while receiving less than half the normal rainfall. Meanwhile, the Great Flood of 1993 was reaching its peak in the Midwest and was eventually responsible for 48 deaths and $23.1 billion in damage.

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December 11, 1965:

Ice up to 3 inches thick, with even more in some locations, accumulated from freezing rain on utility lines and trees in northern South Dakota, causing extensive damage. The damage was estimated at $1 million each to telephone lines and power lines, with the greatest losses in the northeast quarter of the state. The first accumulation of the glaze began as a heavy rime due to dense fog and freezing temperatures prior to the 11th. Freezing rain, which started the afternoon of the 11th and continued into the 12th, formed a coating of ice over the heavy rime accumulation. The glaze remained for a week or more in most areas. In west central Minnesota, freezing drizzle and freezing rain at night on the 11th caused ice accumulations of 1/2 to 1 inch thick on roads, telephone, and electric wires, as well as tree limbs. Power and other services were disrupted over a wide region. Some services were out for up to four days.

December 11, 2004:

High winds gusting to around 60 mph caused some spotty damage in northeast South Dakota. In Watertown, some trees were downed. One tree fell onto a house, causing some minor damage. In Milbank, two rail cars were blown down a railroad track and derailed.

December 11, 2010:

A strong Alberta Clipper came across the region bringing snowfall, strong northwest winds, along with bitter cold Arctic air from the early morning until the late afternoon. Snowfall of 1 to 5 inches combined with 25 to 35 mph winds gusting to 45 mph brought widespread blizzard conditions across much of northeast South Dakota. Travel was significantly disrupted or halted as a result with many events cancelled. The blizzard was short-lived from the mid morning hours into the early afternoon hours. The snowfall began between midnight and 2 am CST and ended from 2 to 4 pm CST in the afternoon.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 59 (1939) Aberdeen: -22 (1927)
Kennebec: 68 (1939) Kennebec: -17 (1962)
Mobridge: 64 (1939) Mobridge: -22 (1917)
Pierre: 64 (1939) Pierre: -16 (1972)
Sisseton: 58 (1939) Sisseton: -19 (1945)
Timber Lake: 64 (1939) Timber Lake: -18 (1962)
Watertown: 55 (1939) Watertown: -20 (1945)
Wheaton: 48 (1998) Wheaton: -15 (1972)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1909) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1909)
Kennebec: 0.71" (1965) Kennebec: 6.0" (1909)
Mobridge: 0.79" (1965) Mobridge: 5.3" (1949)
Pierre: 0.34" (1965) Pierre: 3.2" (1949)
Sisseton: 0.90" (1949) Sisseton: 4.0" (1932)
Timber Lake: 1.08" (1949) Timber Lake: 8.2" (1949)
Watertown: 0.69" (1965) Watertown: 4.0" (1932)
Wheaton: 0.97" (1949) Wheaton: 1.5" (1995)


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