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 25 January 1821 → People were able to walk across the frozen Hudson River between Hoboken and New York City. Entrepreneurs sold coffee on the river to warm pedestrians.
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 25 January 2004 → Tornadoes are unusual in Hawaii, but on this date a severe thunderstorm produced a small tornado on Oahu just 7 miles from downtown Honolulu.

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February 24, 1977:

Heavy snow occurred across eastern South Dakota with 4 to 15 inches of snow across the area. Mellette recorded 15 inches of snowfall. In many areas, the roads were either snow packed or ice covered causing schools and businesses to close. Many traffic accidents occurred with one fatality related to the storm. In many eastern counties, heavy ice accumulation also caused power outages and telephone problems.

February 24, 2001:

Heavy snow of 6 to 14 inches fell across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. Along with the heavy snow came blizzard conditions across northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota during the morning hours of the 25th as northwest winds increased to 25 to 45 mph. As a result of the heavy snow and blizzard conditions, travel became difficult, if not impossible, resulting in some accidents and stranded motorists. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Waubay, Onida, Murdo, and Artas, 7 inches at Aberdeen, Faulkton, Ipswich, Kennebec, and Clark, 8 inches at Miller, Castlewood, 23 N Highmore, and Pierre. Nine inches of snow fell at Browns Valley, Wheaton, Clinton, Graceville, Dumont, Roy Lake, Mellette, Blunt, and Watertown. Other snowfall amounts included, 10 inches near Summit, 11 inches at Webster, Ortonville, and Artichoke Lake, and 14 inches at Milbank.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 62 (1976) Aberdeen: -26 (1940)
Kennebec: 68 (1995) Kennebec: -29 (1955)
Mobridge: 58 (1976) Mobridge: -22 (1955)
Pierre: 65 (1995) Pierre: -22 (1955)
Sisseton: 62 (1976) Sisseton: -24 (1955)
Timber Lake: 64 (1995) Timber Lake: -19 (1962)
Watertown: 60 (1976) Watertown: -22 (1955)
Wheaton: 55 (1976) Wheaton: -20 (1955)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.26" (2007) Aberdeen: 3.8" (2001)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1987) Kennebec: 8.0" (1987)
Mobridge: 1.30" (1930) Mobridge: 7.0" (1930)
Pierre: 0.44" (1987) Pierre: 7.5" (2001)
Sisseton: 0.70" (2007) Sisseton: 5.5" (2007)
Timber Lake: 0.25" (1930) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1930)
Watertown: 0.89" (2007) Watertown: 8.5" (2007)
Wheaton: 0.57" (1977) Wheaton: 6.0" (1982) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.