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 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 21, 1969:

Heavy snow along with winds of 15 to 25 mph caused blowing and drifting snow which closed many roads. Snowfall amounts of 5 to 12 inches were common across eastern South Dakota from the 20th into the 22nd. Some snowfall amounts included, 5 inches at Clear Lake and Brookings, 6 inches at Wilmot, 7 inches at Milbank, Redfield and Mitchell, 8 inches at Conde, 9 inches at Webster, Sioux Falls, and Huron.

February 21, 1975:

Across northwest and north central South Dakota, snow driven by very strong winds created blizzard conditions. Schools were closed and traffic was halted on many roads. Snowfall amounts included, 3 inches at Timber Lake, 4 inches southeast of McLaughlin, and 8 inches at Eagle Butte.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 61 (1977) Aberdeen: -30 (1918)
Kennebec: 75 (2000) Kennebec: -25 (1936)
Mobridge: 66 (1982) Mobridge: -25 (1936)
Pierre: 73 (1982) Pierre: -17 (1936)
Sisseton: 58 (1961) Sisseton: -19 (2001)
Timber Lake: 68 (1982) Timber Lake: -21 (1941)
Watertown: 58 (2000) Watertown: -31 (1918)
Wheaton: 54 (1961) Wheaton: -29 (1918)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.25" (1917) Aberdeen: 2.5" (1917)
Kennebec: 0.26" (1935) Kennebec: 2.5" (1957)
Mobridge: 0.50" (1927) Mobridge: 2.2" (1972)
Pierre: 0.33" (1957) Pierre: 3.3" (1957)
Sisseton: 0.45" (1969) Sisseton: 5.0" (1962)
Timber Lake: 0.22" (1975) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1975)
Watertown: 0.50" (1957) Watertown: 3.0" (1957)
Wheaton: 0.96" (2011) Wheaton: 11.6" (2011)


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