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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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February 18, 1971:

Rain started in the afternoon of the 18th and by the late in the day, temperatures dropped to below freezing resulting in a glaze up to three quarters of an inch on trees and power lines. Many utility lines were downed by the glaze or by falling trees and branches. Temperatures continued to drop during the night changing the rain to snow by the 19th. Strong winds accompanied this snow causing local blizzard conditions.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 66 (1930) Aberdeen: -32 (1903)
Kennebec: 75 (1930) Kennebec: -28 (1938)
Mobridge: 67 (1930) Mobridge: -24 (1938)
Pierre: 70 (1983) Pierre: -22 (1967)
Sisseton: 58 (1981) Sisseton: -28 (1966)
Timber Lake: 68 (1930) Timber Lake: -26 (1966)
Watertown: 64 (1913) Watertown: -26 (1903)
Wheaton: 58 (1981) Wheaton: -31 (1966)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.33" (1991) Aberdeen: 7.2" (1991)
Kennebec: 0.58" (1991) Kennebec: 7.0" (1991)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1952) Mobridge: 2.0" (1991)
Pierre: 0.53" (1991) Pierre: 5.3" (1991)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1991) Sisseton: 6.5" (1964)
Timber Lake: 0.45" (1991) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1991)
Watertown: 0.42" (1991) Watertown: 5.5" (1991)
Wheaton: 0.60" (1962) Wheaton: 9.0" (1952)


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