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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 13, 1973:

Snow with winds as high as 40 mph created near-blizzard conditions across northeastern South Dakota on the 13th. Traffic was halted and schools closed, but overall damage was minimal. Snowfall was as high as 7 inches at Clear Lake.

December 13, 1975:

A winter storm moved across South Dakota on Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th. Snows ranged in depth from three to eight inches for portions of the northwest and central sections of the state. Strong winds in the southeast parts of the state created near-blizzard conditions. No lives were lost and stock losses were minimal. Pierre and Faulkton recorded 2 inches of snow, with 3 inches near Highmore and 4 inches at Eagle Butte.

December 13, 1992:

A wintry mix of precipitation occurred over western portions of Minnesota from the 13th to the 14th, causing numerous traffic accidents. The heaviest snow occurred to the north, across mostly northern Minnesota.

December 13, 2008:

An intense low pressure area moved out of the Rockies and across the Central Plains bringing widespread snow, blizzard conditions, and extreme winds chills to central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota into the early morning hours of the 15th. Snowfall amounts of 1 to as much as 12 inches along with winds gusting over 50 mph caused widespread near zero visibilities and dangerous travel conditions. Winds chills fell into the 35 below to 45 below zero range. Many vehicles became stuck or stranded along several highways and along Interstates 29 and 90. Interstate 90 was closed from the Wyoming line to Murdo from late on the 13th until the morning of the 14th. Interstate 29 was also closed for much of the 14th. The Onida, Agar, and Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department found it difficult to respond to a structure fire south of Gettysburg in a timely manner. Due to whiteout conditions, the structure was lost to the fire by the time the fire departments arrived. Most area schools were closed on Monday due to the road conditions along with the bitter cold wind chills. Some of the heaviest snowfall amounts included: 6 inches at Watertown, Browns Valley, Sisseton, Waubay, and Castlewood; 7 inches at Ortonville, Webster, Clear Lake, Faulkton, and Aberdeen; 8 inches at Milbank, 9 inches at Britton and Wheaton; 10 inches at Clear Lake, and 12 inches at Roscoe. Mobridge received 2 inches and Pierre received 4 inches of snowfall with this storm


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1921) Aberdeen: -34 (1917)
Kennebec: 67 (1920) Kennebec: -29 (1917)
Mobridge: 56 (1912) Mobridge: -32 (1917)
Pierre: 57 (1988) Pierre: -15 (1985)
Sisseton: 50 (2002) Sisseton: -25 (1940)
Timber Lake: 53 (2002) Timber Lake: -22 (1916)
Watertown: 57 (1913) Watertown: -32 (1917)
Wheaton: 51 (2002) Wheaton: -31 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.23" (1955) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1920)
Kennebec: 0.20" (1909) Kennebec: 2.0" (1981)
Mobridge: 0.32" (1995) Mobridge: 1.3" (1995)
Pierre: 0.50" (1951) Pierre: 5.3" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.47" (1968) Sisseton: 3.0" (1968)
Timber Lake: 0.29" (1951) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1951)
Watertown: 0.37" (1920) Watertown: 3.0" (1920)
Wheaton: 0.32" (1995) Wheaton: 2.0" (1995)


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