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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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