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 29 January 1780 → On the coldest morning of an already severe winter, the mercury dipped to -16 at New York City, and bottomed out at -20 in Hartford. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
 29 January 1921 → Hurricane force winds, with tree-top level gusts estimated to 150 mph, raked the Pacific Northwest during the "Olympic Blowdown." Surface wind gusts along the Washington coast were measured at speeds over 100 mph, and several billion board feet of timber were felled.
 29 January 1951 → The greatest winter storm in the history of Nashville, TN shut the city down until February 5th under a heavy coating of both ice and snow (accompanied by frigid temperatures).

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December 29, 2005:

Heavy snow of 6 to 14 inches fell across parts of north central and most of northeast South Dakota from the morning of the 29th through the early afternoon of the 30th, with 7 to 8 inches of snow across Big Stone and Traverse counties in west central Minnesota from the evening of the 29th through the early afternoon of the 30th. Light rain and freezing rain fell before the snow, creating some slick roads which resulted in some accidents. Some snowfall amounts included 7 inches at Watertown, Big Stone City, and Artichoke Lake; 8 inches at Waubay, Browns Valley, and Wheaton; 9 inches northeast of Isabel and Hecla; 10 inches at Wilmot and Clear Lake; 12 inches at Milbank; and 14 inches at Summit.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 59 (1999) Aberdeen: -35 (1917)
Kennebec: 62 (2002) Kennebec: -31 (1917)
Mobridge: 55 (1999) Mobridge: -33 (1917)
Pierre: 61 (1965) Pierre: -21 (1990)
Sisseton: 59 (1999) Sisseton: -20 (1946)
Timber Lake: 53 (1999) Timber Lake: -26 (1916)
Watertown: 53 (1999) Watertown: -32 (1917)
Wheaton: 58 (1999) Wheaton: -33 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.71" (2005) Aberdeen: 4.1" (1972)
Kennebec: 0.49" (1972) Kennebec: 3.5" (1907)
Mobridge: 0.50" (1972) Mobridge: 5.8" (1972)
Pierre: 0.20" (1972) Pierre: 4.7" (1972)
Sisseton: 0.45" (1972) Sisseton: 4.5" (1972)
Timber Lake: 0.71" (1972) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1972)
Watertown: 0.89" (2005) Watertown: 6.0" (2005)
Wheaton: 0.19" (2006) Wheaton: 2.0" (2006)


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