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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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December 17, 1989:

Subzero temperatures and bitterly cold wind chill values engulfed the region for an extended period of time, generally from December 14th through December 23rd. Wind chills were occasionally in the -50 to -70 F range, and several locations recorded subzero temperatures for four to five consecutive days. Most locations recorded several lows below -15 F during this stretch, with the coldest lows bottoming out near -30 F and high temperatures as low as -20 F.

December 17, 1993:

A prolonged period of snow occurred from December 15th through the 19th over the western half of South Dakota. Several accidents leading to injuries occurred due to ice on the 15th and many vehicles slid into ditches. Snowfall amounts were generally 4 to 10 inches. McIntosh received three inches of snow; Timber Lake, Murdo, and Selby received five inches of snow; and six inches accumulated at McLaughlin. Eagle Butte recorded seven inches of new snow.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 53 (1939) Aberdeen: -24 (1951)
Kennebec: 62 (1998) Kennebec: -34 (1922)
Mobridge: 62 (1939) Mobridge: -18 (1951)
Pierre: 62 (1939) Pierre: -22 (1951)
Sisseton: 53 (1962) Sisseton: -19 (1983)
Timber Lake: 63 (1939) Timber Lake: -22 (1929)
Watertown: 58 (1939) Watertown: -23 (1914)
Wheaton: 55 (1962) Wheaton: -20 (1983)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.35" (1924) Aberdeen: 3.5" (1924)
Kennebec: 0.70" (1908) Kennebec: 7.0" (1908)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1967) Mobridge: 3.9" (2000)
Pierre: 0.35" (1908) Pierre: 3.8" (1908)
Sisseton: 0.48" (1977) Sisseton: 2.0" (1984)
Timber Lake: 0.45" (1993) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1967)
Watertown: 0.55" (1977) Watertown: 3.5" (1977)
Wheaton: 0.67" (1977) Wheaton: 5.0" (1993)


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