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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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December 27, 1959:

Precipitation began as freezing rain on the morning of the 27th throughout the eastern half of South Dakota, changing to snow mixed with occasional sleet late on the 27th, then continued as mostly snow through the late afternoon of the 28th. Glaze caused extensive breakage of tree limbs and power and telephone lines in southeast sections of the state and in scattered communities in the northeast counties. More than 40 communities were without telephone service for more than 24 hours. Highway travel was very dangerous; one man was killed when a tractor skidded on an icy highway and overturned on him in Kingsbury County. Strong winds averaging 20 to 25 mph both dates increased breakage of ice-laded utility wires and caused drifting and blocking of highways by the 3 to 6 inch snowfall. Damage and repair costs to utility lines were estimated at $400,000.

December 27, 1987:

A winter storm gave some freezing rain and snow to southern and eastern South Dakota and southwest and west central Minnesota on the 27th and 28th. In Minnesota, freezing rain began Sunday morning the 27th before changing to heavy snow, which extended into the 28th. The heaviest snowfall was across the high terrain of southwest Minnesota. In southern and eastern South Dakota, six to twelve inches of snow fell. Strong northwest winds of 20-40 mph hampered travel and snow removal. Snow drifts up to 6 feet deep were common. Across many areas of southern Minnesota, visibilities were reduced to zero due to blowing snow. Snowfall amounts in South Dakota included 12 inches in DeSmet; 10 inches in Wessington Springs and Madison; 9 inches in Huron; 8 inches in Pierre, Brookings, Mission and McCook County; 7 inches in Sioux Falls, Kadoka, Pine Ridge, and Martin. 8 inches also fell in Watertown and Highmore, with 7 inches at Bryant and 6 inches in Clear Lake.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (1928) Aberdeen: -29 (1914)
Kennebec: 67 (1928) Kennebec: -22 (1894)
Mobridge: 57 (1928) Mobridge: -19 (1933)
Pierre: 54 (1980) Pierre: -9 (1951)
Sisseton: 48 (1986) Sisseton: -24 (1993)
Timber Lake: 58 (1980) Timber Lake: -15 (1996)
Watertown: 50 (1928) Watertown: -27 (1924)
Wheaton: 51 (1928) Wheaton: -27 (1924)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.35" (1904) Aberdeen: 2.9" (1969)
Kennebec: 0.35" (1987) Kennebec: 6.0" (1987)
Mobridge: 0.21" (1969) Mobridge: 5.0" (1969)
Pierre: 0.71" (1987) Pierre: 7.1" (1987)
Sisseton: 0.20" (1959) Sisseton: 2.0" (1949)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1969) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1969)
Watertown: 0.25" (1969) Watertown: 2.5" (1969)
Wheaton: 0.55" (1988) Wheaton: 6.0" (1988)


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