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February 4, 1984:

A fast moving blizzard pounded the northeast and east central with light snow and raging winds. Snow amounts were generally less than 2 inches regionwide. As the storm progressed, temperatures dropped thirty degrees in three hours as winds gusted to 70 mph. Fierce winds struck quickly, plummeting visibilities to zero and making travel difficult in a matter of minutes. No travel was advised across much of the area. Hundreds of travelers became stranded in the white-out and the highway crews were pulled of the road to wait for decreasing winds. There were also some spotty power outages.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 55 (2005) Aberdeen: -36 (1893)
Kennebec: 69 (2005) Kennebec: -29 (1902)
Mobridge: 62 (2005) Mobridge: -27 (1982)
Pierre: 66 (2005) Pierre: -22 (1996)
Sisseton: 53 (2005) Sisseton: -25 (1996)
Timber Lake: 68 (2005) Timber Lake: -28 (1936)
Watertown: 59 (2005) Watertown: -28 (1893)
Wheaton: 54 (1991) Wheaton: -24 (1996)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.45" (1897) Aberdeen: 5.3" (1980)
Kennebec: 0.28" (1997) Kennebec: 5.0" (1997)
Mobridge: 0.24" (1980) Mobridge: 2.2" (1955)
Pierre: 0.22" (1986) Pierre: 2.5" (1997)
Sisseton: 0.26" (1955) Sisseton: 4.0" (1980)
Timber Lake: 0.21" (1916) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1916)
Watertown: 0.29" (1980) Watertown: 6.0" (1997)
Wheaton: 0.35" (1997) Wheaton: 5.0" (1997)


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