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 28 March 1920 → An F4 tornado roared from northeast Indiana into northwest Ohio. 13 people died and 34 were injured in the devastation near Fort Wayne. Powerful tornadoes also struck Chicago and its suburbs. Additional tornadoes, up to F4 strength, tore through Tennessee and Alabama.
 28 March 1984 → 22 tornadoes struck the Carolinas, including several F4s. There were 57 fatalities and 1248 injuries, along with $200 million in damage. Nashville, TN tied their all-time record low barometric pressure (29.02").
 28 March 1988 → Grapefruit sized hail fell on Oklahoma City. The hail, along with winds gusting to 70mph, destroyed 1,500 new cars at the General Motors plant. Total damage around the city came to about $35 million. Other severe thunderstorms produced three tornadoes and baseball sized hail over other parts of central and southern Oklahoma.
 28 March 2004 → The only known South Atlantic hurricane was recorded as Tropical Cyclone Catarina's winds hit 100mph.

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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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