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 3 March 1876 → The Kentucky Meat Shower. Around 2pm, chunks of fresh, red meat fell from the sky for several minutes onto Olympia Springs in Bath County. The chunks of meat were 3 to 4 inches square. Two local men tasted it and figured it to be mutton or venison. Scientific analysis showed it to be lung tissue, muscle tissue, and cartilage, likely from a horse. It was posited that a flock of buzzards had just eaten a dead horse nearby, and then disgorged their meal onto unsuspecting Olympia Springs. The day was otherwise pleasant with blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 40s.
 3 March 1966 → Jackson, MS was heavily damaged by a half-mile wide F5 tornado. Of the total death toll of 57, twelve people were killed when the Candlestick Shopping Center was leveled to the ground.
 3 March 1989 → A massive dust storm lowered visibility to zero along I-10 in Cochise County, AZ. Chain-reaction accidents involved 25 cars. Two motorists were killed.

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February 3, 1997:

A winter storm dropped from 6 to 15 inches of snow across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota deepening the already expansive snowpack. The wind came up from the north at 20 to 30 mph during the morning of the 4th causing blowing and drifting snow blocking some roads and making travel hazardous if not impossible. Several vehicles got stuck or went off the road. Due to the heavy snowfall, a roof collapsed in Aberdeen damaging a car. Many schools started late or were canceled acummulating to the number of days missed for the season. Some snowfall amounts included, 5 inches at Wheaton, 6 inches at Britton, Summit, Webster, Browns Valley, Artichoke Lake, and Ortonville, 7 inches at Aberdeen, 6 SE McIntosh, Pollock, Timber Lake, 8 inches at Leola, Ipswich, Eagle Butte and Gettysburg, 9 inches at Miller and Mellette, 10 inches at Mobridge, Watertown, Clear Lake, Pierre, Kennebec, and Onida, and 11 inches at Clark and Blunt. Snowfall amounts of a foot or more included, 12 inches at Highmore, Bryant, and Gann Valley, 13 inches at Faulkton, 14 inches 23 N Highmore and Murdo, and 15 inches at 1 SE Stephan. Up to this point in the winter season, record snowfall and record cold were the rule across the area.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 58 (1991) Aberdeen: -38 (1893)
Kennebec: 69 (1962) Kennebec: -32 (1996)
Mobridge: 57 (2005) Mobridge: -32 (1996)
Pierre: 66 (1962) Pierre: -29 (1996)
Sisseton: 57 (1991) Sisseton: -26 (1996)
Timber Lake: 59 (1962) Timber Lake: -31 (1996)
Watertown: 51 (2005) Watertown: -36 (1905)
Wheaton: 60 (1991) Wheaton: -33 (1996)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.56" (1997) Aberdeen: 5.3" (1997)
Kennebec: 0.68" (1936) Kennebec: 8.0" (1936)
Mobridge: 0.53" (1997) Mobridge: 10.0" (1997)
Pierre: 0.66" (1997) Pierre: 7.5" (1997)
Sisseton: 0.72" (1943) Sisseton: 4.0" (1971)
Timber Lake: 0.43" (1997) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1997)
Watertown: 0.62" (1943) Watertown: 2.9" (1980)
Wheaton: 0.58" (1943) Wheaton: 2.0" (2004)


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