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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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February 8, 2000:

Very warm air was over central and northeast South Dakota where record highs were set in Aberdeen, Pierre, and Sisseton. Aberdeen rose to 62 degrees, Sisseton rose to 53 degrees, and Pierre rose to a warm 69 degrees.

February 8, 2001:

Heavy snow of 6 to 16 inches fell across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota resulting in school and activity cancellations, closing of some businesses, and difficult if not impossible travel. Several people became stranded and had to be rescued. There were also flight cancellations and delays along with some vehicle accidents resulting in minor injuries. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Mound City, Mobridge, Eureka, 7 inches at Wheaton, Milbank and 6 SE McIntosh, 8 inches at Aberdeen, Ipswich, Selby, Iona, Artichoke Lake, and Britton, 9 inches at Clark, 1 S Columbia, Isabel, Webster, and Browns Valley, and 10 inches at Roscoe, Watertown, and 1 W of Summit. Locations with snowfall of a foot included, Mission Ridge, Murdo, 4 NW Onida, Castlewood, 23 N Highmore, and Timber Lake. Thirteen inches of snow fell at Canning, and Fort Pierre, 14 inches fell at Gettysburg, Eagle Butte, and Pierre with 15 inches at Miller and 16 inches of snow at Clear Lake, Mellette, and Faulkton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 62 (2000) Aberdeen: -46 (1895)
Kennebec: 69 (1954) Kennebec: -36 (1899)
Mobridge: 66 (1954) Mobridge: -31 (1933)
Pierre: 69 (2000) Pierre: -29 (1994)
Sisseton: 53 (2000) Sisseton: -28 (1933)
Timber Lake: 64 (1954) Timber Lake: -32 (1939)
Watertown: 57 (2002) Watertown: -35 (1899)
Wheaton: 54 (1991) Wheaton: -27 (1979)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.36" (1937) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1937)
Kennebec: 0.18" (2001) Kennebec: 6.0" (1994)
Mobridge: 0.22" (2009) Mobridge: 3.2" (2005)
Pierre: 0.28" (1909) Pierre: 5.0" (2001)
Sisseton: 0.40" (2010) Sisseton: 4.0" (1994)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (2001) Timber Lake: 3.5" (2001)
Watertown: 0.29" (1966) Watertown: 7.5" (1994)
Wheaton: 1.02" (1937) Wheaton: 5.5" (2001)


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