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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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February 27, 1969:

Snowfall of up to 15 inches blocked many roads in South Dakota. Freezing rain formed a glaze on many utility lines resulting in extensive damage to the lines. The greatest damage occurred in the north central part of the state.

February 27, 1996:

Across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota, a strong area of low pressure brought 4 to 11 inches of snow from the late afternoon of the 26th to the late evening of the 27th. Along with the snow came strong cold north winds of 20 to 40 mph, creating near blizzard conditions at times. Wind chills were from 20 below to 60 below. Some schools were closed or started late the 27th along with some activities canceled. Snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Sisseton, 5 inches at Aberdeen, Redfield, near Reliance, Wheaton, Browns Valley, Britton, and Gettysburg. Other snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Lebanon, Hoven, Miller, Webster, Eden, Frederick, and Seneca, 7 inches near Chelsea and Mellette, 8 inches at Roscoe and east of Hosmer, Tulare and near Milbank, 9 inches south of Ree Heights, 8 to 10 inches in the Ortonville area, and 11 inches at Wilmot.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 65 (1895) Aberdeen: -23 (2001)
Kennebec: 67 (1932) Kennebec: -25 (1922)
Mobridge: 65 (1988) Mobridge: -21 (1941)
Pierre: 68 (1998) Pierre: -12 (2011)
Sisseton: 60 (1932) Sisseton: -17 (1962)
Timber Lake: 65 (1988) Timber Lake: -19 (1941)
Watertown: 60 (1921) Watertown: -23 (1962)
Wheaton: 60 (1932) Wheaton: -16 (2009)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.55" (1903) Aberdeen: 13.6" (1969)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1987) Kennebec: 6.0" (1903)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1930) Mobridge: 5.6" (1958)
Pierre: 1.02" (1958) Pierre: 10.2" (1958)
Sisseton: 0.98" (1958) Sisseton: 6.0" (1948)
Timber Lake: 0.87" (1987) Timber Lake: 11.0" (1987)
Watertown: 0.49" (1948) Watertown: 3.8" (1996)
Wheaton: 0.44" (1996) Wheaton: 9.3" (2009)


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