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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 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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