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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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December 26, 1988:

Moderate to heavy snow fell across western and northern South Dakota, as well as across most of Minnesota, from the evening of the 25th through the morning of the 27th. Much of the northern one-half to two-thirds of Minnesota and the western and northern sections of South Dakota were blanketed with 6-12 inches of new snow. Numerous accidents and minor injuries were indirectly related to the snowy conditions. Several snowfall amounts in South Dakota included 12 inches at Timber Lake; 10 to 12 inches at Seneca and Hoven; 11 inches at Aberdeen; 8 inches at Pierre, Eureka and Blunt; 7 inches at Chelsea, Redfield, Cottonwood, and Rapid City; and 6 inches at Ferney, Huron, and Eden. In Minnesota, 8 inches fell in Browns Valley, 6 inches fell at Wheaton, and 5 inches accumulated at Artichoke Lake.

December 26, 1993:

Strong winds accompanied one to four inches of snow in northeast and part of southeast South Dakota on the 24th through 26th, although ten inches of snow fell at Deerfield in the Black Hills. The strong winds damaged the roof of a retirement home being constructed at Alexandria just southeast of Mitchell in southeast South Dakota.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (1907) Aberdeen: -29 (1990)
Kennebec: 60 (1907) Kennebec: -26 (1996)
Mobridge: 53 (1956) Mobridge: -27 (1933)
Pierre: 55 (1947) Pierre: -22 (1996)
Sisseton: 52 (1994) Sisseton: -27 (1950)
Timber Lake: 53 (2005) Timber Lake: -25 (1996)
Watertown: 45 (1959) Watertown: -26 (1902)
Wheaton: 48 (1994) Wheaton: -30 (1914)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1916) Aberdeen: 8.6" (1988)
Kennebec: 0.50" (2009) Kennebec: 10.0" (2009)
Mobridge: 0.32" (1988) Mobridge: 7.0" (1988)
Pierre: 0.32" (1988) Pierre: 5.0" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.33" (1988) Sisseton: 6.0" (1988)
Timber Lake: 0.75" (1988) Timber Lake: 12.0" (1988)
Watertown: 0.15" (1959) Watertown: 2.0" (1904)
Wheaton: 0.25" (1950) Wheaton: 4.0" (1950)


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