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 25 January 1821 → People were able to walk across the frozen Hudson River between Hoboken and New York City. Entrepreneurs sold coffee on the river to warm pedestrians.
 25 January 1956 → About twelve inches of rain fell in an hour at Kilauea, HI. The observer noted, however, that his gauge overflowed several times during the heavy rain (which continued into the following day) and the true total amount may have been even higher.
 25 January 2003 → Three youths at a detention center in the Annapolis Valley, in Nova Scotia, took advantage of record breaking snowfall to escape. A snowbank high enough to climb over a fence in the yard was constructed and then used to escape. One of the three youths was arrested minutes after he escaped. The cold temperatures forced the remaining youths to turn themselves in.
 25 January 2004 → Tornadoes are unusual in Hawaii, but on this date a severe thunderstorm produced a small tornado on Oahu just 7 miles from downtown Honolulu.

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December 16, 1967:

With temperatures in the upper 20s, heavy freezing rain fell in west central and southwest Minnesota at night on the 16th, causing widespread ice accumulations on all exposed surfaces, and power and telephone poles and lines went down over a wide region. Some places were without power and phone service for three to four days. This storm was classified as the most severe ice storm in the past 20 years in some areas. Reports were received of turkeys and other poultry dying due to the cold in rural areas. 20 to 30 cars were in the ditch on one slick stretch of road in Rock County. Further west, throughout eastern South Dakota, freezing rain for most of the day formed ice from 3/8 to 3/4 inch on exposed surfaces. Extensive damage was caused to utility lines. All roads became dangerous for traveling, and one death was directly linked to the ice storm. The ice cut off a regular water supply, causing one person to attempt to get water from a cistern. She slipped on the ice into the cistern. Three deaths were indirectly related to the ice storm; two due to automobile accidents, and one due to a heart attack.

December 16, 1985:

Two to six inches of snow fell in a band from Mobridge in Walworth County to south of Sioux Falls. Six inches fell five miles south of the Sioux Falls airport, at Beresford in Union County, and at Miller in Hand County. Mobridge received two inches and Timber Lake and Faulkton received three inches, while five inches accumulated in northern Hyde County and in Gettysburg.

December 16, 2000:

Northwest winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts to 60 mph, combined with newly fallen snow and arctic air to bring widespread blizzard conditions and extreme wind chills as low as 70 below zero to west central Minnesota and much of South Dakota from late on the 15th through the 16th. Events were canceled, travel was shut down, and some motorists were stranded. Both US Highway 12 and Interstate 29 in South Dakota were closed throughout the day. As an indirect result of the low visibility, a semi truck hit and totaled a pickup truck in the snow just west of Clark. The semi truck received nine thousand dollars worth of damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 62 (1962) Aberdeen: -28 (1951)
Kennebec: 62 (1939) Kennebec: -28 (1951)
Mobridge: 62 (1962) Mobridge: -27 (1951)
Pierre: 64 (1962) Pierre: -24 (1951)
Sisseton: 60 (1962) Sisseton: -18 (1953)
Timber Lake: 61 (1962) Timber Lake: -26 (1945)
Watertown: 58 (1939) Watertown: -24 (1914)
Wheaton: 55 (1986) Wheaton: -21 (1983)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.58" (1904) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1939) Kennebec: 4.0" (1921)
Mobridge: 0.25" (1912) Mobridge: 2.1" (1999)
Pierre: 0.13" (1985) Pierre: 1.3" (1985)
Sisseton: 0.35" (2000) Sisseton: 2.2" (2010)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1985) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1985)
Watertown: 0.25" (1904) Watertown: 3.0" (1915)
Wheaton: 0.35" (1984) Wheaton: 4.5" (2010)


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