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 25 October 1805 → Snow began falling in west central Indiana during the afternoon and continued into the next day. At Fort Wayne, IN the snowfall reached a foot in depth.
 25 October 1859 → The sinking of the British ship The Royal Charter in 1859 began a string of ships damaged by severe weather, which led to the issuance of gale warnings in England the following year.
 25 October 1921 → A hurricane made landfall at Tarpon Springs, FL, as a Category 3 (after weakening from a Category 4), causing several million dollars in damage.
 25 October 1977 → Dutch Harbor, AK set the U.S. record for lowest barometric pressure in a non-tropical storm: 27.35 inches.
 25 October 1992 → The final tropical storm of the season, Zeke, was born in the eastern Pacific. It broke the record for the most named storms in one year in that region.

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December 31, 1972:

A winter system visited the area on the 29th through the 31st, with precipitation beginning as rain in South Dakota and snow in Minnesota during the early morning hours of the 29th. A period of freezing rain occurred across South Dakota before the precipitation there changed to all snow, while in west central Minnesota, snow in the morning changed to a period of freezing rain and sleet in the afternoon. Damages from the 40-mile wide ice storm from the Wheaton-Morris-Appleton area ENE through St. Cloud and Pine City, MN were some of the largest known to date across the area. Thousands of farms and homes across the ice storm strip were without power and telephone service as the result of thousands of broken lines and/or broken poles. Many were without utilities from one to three days, and a few without utilities for nearly a week. Utility damages were estimated to be 1.5 million dollars. In South Dakota, snowfall of 2 to 6 inches was common. Strong winds of over 40 mph accompanied the snow, causing drifting and blowing snow and occasionally reducing visibility to zero. Some of the roads were blocked. The most severe conditions occurred on the 30th when the highway department advised no traveling.


December 31, 2010:

A second stronger surface low pressure area moved across the region on New Year's Eve bringing widespread heavy snowfall along with blizzard conditions. Bitter cold northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph combined with additional snowfall of 6 to 10 inches brought visibilities to near zero across much of the region. This was the second blizzard in two days across the region. The blizzard conditions continued into early New Year's Day. Both Interstates 29 and 90 were closed from the 31st until Sunday, January 2nd. There were several stranded motorists along Highway 83 with five people being rescued. The total snowfall amounts from the two storms ranged from 6 to 15 inches across the region. The two day snowfall amounts included 6 inches at Eagle Butte; 7 inches at Doland; 8 inches at Mobridge and Gann Valley; 9 inches at Castlewood; 10 inches at Murdo, Clark, Ipswich, Kennebec, and Watertown and 11 inches at Clear Lake and Bryant. Locations with a foot or more of snow included 12 inches at Aberdeen, Gettysburg, Highmore, Milbank, Mission Ridge, and Bowdle; 13 inches at Eureka, Pierre, Onida, and Blunt; 14 inches at Mellette, Sisseton, Victor, and Roscoe with 15 inches at Britton, Webster, and Redfield. The snowfall began between 6 am and noon CST on the 31st and ended between 4 am and 11 am CST on January 1st.



Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 49 (1904) Aberdeen: -39 (1967)
Kennebec: 60 (2004) Kennebec: -27 (1967)
Mobridge: 53 (1953) Mobridge: -27 (1967)
Pierre: 56 (1999) Pierre: -24 (1967)
Sisseton: 53 (1904) Sisseton: -27 (1967)
Timber Lake: 58 (1963) Timber Lake: -30 (1967)
Watertown: 51 (1904) Watertown: -33 (1967)
Wheaton: 47 (1999) Wheaton: -27 (1967)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.75" (1931) Aberdeen: 7.5" (1931)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1924) Kennebec: 6.0" (1977)
Mobridge: 0.35" (1918) Mobridge: 4.7" (2010)
Pierre: 0.97" (2010) Pierre: 9.5" (2010)
Sisseton: 0.46" (2010) Sisseton: 9.2" (2010)
Timber Lake: 0.38" (1951) Timber Lake: 5.5" (1951)
Watertown: 0.35" (2010) Watertown: 5.0" (2010)
Wheaton: 0.85" (2006) Wheaton: 8.0" (2010)


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