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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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February 5, 1978:

Another winter blizzard plagued the northern half of the state beginning on February 5th and continuing until the 9th. The unusual aspect of this blizzard was that the wind came from the southeast between 25 to 45 mph. Only one to three inches of new snow accumulation fell during the five-day period but was piled high on the existing large snow drifts. Most of the northern half of the state was paralyzed due to blocked roads. Eighteen counties across the northern part of the state were declared a disaster by the governor. There was also numerous livestock losses.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1991) Aberdeen: -36 (1907)
Kennebec: 64 (1991) Kennebec: -39 (1936)
Mobridge: 51 (1991) Mobridge: -30 (1936)
Pierre: 61 (1991) Pierre: -25 (1936)
Sisseton: 60 (1963) Sisseton: -29 (1936)
Timber Lake: 56 (1991) Timber Lake: -32 (1936)
Watertown: 55 (1963) Watertown: -31 (1936)
Wheaton: 60 (1963) Wheaton: -31 (1982)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1915) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1914) Kennebec: 4.0" (1914)
Mobridge: 0.28" (1946) Mobridge: 3.4" (1946)
Pierre: 0.20" (1976) Pierre: 4.5" (1944)
Sisseton: 0.35" (2011) Sisseton: 3.2" (2011)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1946) Timber Lake: 2.8" (2010)
Watertown: 1.18" (1946) Watertown: 13.5" (1946)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1946) Wheaton: 4.0" (1967)


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