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 20 November 1900 → A major tornado outbreak struck Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, including two F4s. In Tunica County, MS an F4 tornado killed 15 people and threw the bodies half a mile downstream. Another F4 tornado was heading right for the center of Columbia, TN, but turned to the north at the last minute and grazed the northwest side of town. Still, 27 people lost their lives homes were "turned into kindling wood." Unpicked cotton was stripped from the stalks and deposited upon trees making them appear to be covered with snow.
 20 November 1944 → "Darkness at Noon." After a decade of drought, dust storms frequented Australia. On this day a thick dust blanketed Mildura for eight hours, and the railway lines to Balranald and Moulamein were blocked by sand.
 20 November 1979 → A blizzard struck Cheyenne, WY producing a record 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, and a record total of 25.6 inches in 40 hours. Strong winds created huge drifts stopping all transportation.

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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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