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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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February 6, 1959:

A man from Gary in Deuel County was in critical condition with frozen hands, feet, and arms after spending the night in his car in subzero weather.

February 6, 1987:

Record warmth occurred across all of central, north central, and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota with highs in the mid 50s to the lower 60s. Aberdeen, Kennebec, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, Timber Lake, Watertown, and Wheaton all set record highs on this date in the 1987. Pierre recorded the warmest temperature for the day with 62 degrees.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 58 (1987) Aberdeen: -33 (1907)
Kennebec: 64 (2009) Kennebec: -38 (1936)
Mobridge: 56 (1987) Mobridge: -28 (1936)
Pierre: 62 (1987) Pierre: -23 (1936)
Sisseton: 57 (1987) Sisseton: -30 (1936)
Timber Lake: 58 (1987) Timber Lake: -30 (1936)
Watertown: 53 (1987) Watertown: -27 (1893)
Wheaton: 58 (1987) Wheaton: -25 (1982)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1911) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1911)
Kennebec: 0.48" (1935) Kennebec: 2.0" (1937)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1919) Mobridge: 2.8" (1945)
Pierre: 0.22" (1911) Pierre: 5.2" (2001)
Sisseton: 0.52" (1946) Sisseton: 8.0" (1946)
Timber Lake: 0.33" (1916) Timber Lake: 4.5" (1916)
Watertown: 0.30" (1928) Watertown: 4.0" (1914)
Wheaton: 0.50" (1946) Wheaton: 2.5" (2007)


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