This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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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    January 1st

Local and Regional Events:

January 1, 1960:

The winter storm began on New Year’s Eve as a low pressure center moved from Colorado northeast to the Great Lakes. Snowfall ranged from 5 to 10 inches across central and northeast South Dakota. Strong winds on the 1st and 2nd caused low visibilities and drifted highways over affecting holiday travel. There were scattered power and telephone outages due to breakage from wind and ice. The storm winded down in the afternoon of the 2nd.

January 1, 2014:

The coldest air in recent history moved into the region during the early morning hours of the 5th and continued into the afternoon hours of the 6th. The combination of sub-zero temperatures with north winds produced dangerously cold wind chills from 40 below to around 55 degrees below zero. Winds gusted to over 40 mph at times. Several area activities were cancelled, as well as many schools on Monday the 6th. Some of the coldest wind chills include; 56 below in Summit; 55 below near Hillhead; 54 below in Brandt and Webster; 53 below in Clear Lake; 52 below in Herreid; 51 below in Leola; 50 below in Watertown, Sisseton, Bowdle, and McIntosh.  Click HERE for more reports.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for January 1st:

1864 – An historic cold blast of air charged southeast from the northern Plains to Ohio Valley.  Chicago had a high temperature -16 degrees.  A farmer near Huntertown, Indiana, reported the same high temperature as Chicago, with a low of -21 degrees.  In his weather diary he made the remark "rough day". Minneapolis had a high of -25 degrees. Louisville dropped from 47 degrees to a reading of -20°.

1934 – Heavy rain which began on December 30 led to flooding in the Los Angeles Basin of California.  Walls of water and debris up to ten feet high were noted in some canyon areas.  Up to 16 inches of rain fell during the event including more than 8 inches in downtown L.A.

1999 - The start of 1999 was ushered in with snow, ice, and very cold weather across central and south central Nebraska. On New Year’s Day, a steady snowfall along and north of Interstate 80 dumped from 1 to 5 inches of snow. Most of the 5 inch reports were along Highway 92 from Loup City to Osceola...but also in parts of northeast Dawson County. By late morning, freezing drizzle developed southeast of Hastings and eventually coated area roads with a layer of ice. Light snow later that evening made travel even more treacherous. Several accidents were reported around the Interstate and Highway 30. Once the ice and snow ended, arctic air spilled across the area abroad 20 to 30 mph north winds. Blowing and drifting of the fallen snow caused very poor visibilities for a time on the 2nd. Temperatures fell to 5 to 15 below zero through midday the 3rd. On January 3rd, a 55 year old Cairo man died from hypothermia after being exposed to the subzero temperatures. The man had attended his son’s wedding the previous evening and died from exposure as he walked home late that night. North central Kansas also had light snow, ice and very cold weather as well. On New Year’s Day, light freezing drizzle began late in the morning and continued all day. By evening, a thin layer of ice was noted on roads, trees and power lines. Some brief power outages were reported. During the evening, some areas received 1 to 2 inches of snow which only made travel more treacherous. On the 2nd, strong north winds gusting to 30 mph forced temperatures lower and wind chill readings well below zero. While air temperatures dropped to 5 below zero the morning of the 3rd, wind chill indices ranged from 25 to 40 degrees below zero that afternoon. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.