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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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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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