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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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January 2, 1999:

Heavy snow of 6 to 8 inches fell across part of northeast South Dakota from the late afternoon hours of the 1st to the early morning hours of the 2nd. Strong north winds of 15 to 30 mph combined with temperatures in the single digits generated wind chills from 25 to 40 below and visibilities below 1/4 of a mile at times. Holiday travel along Interstate-29 and Highway 12 was most affected by this winter storm. There were some travel delays and some stranded motorists as a result. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Kidder, Victor, Sisseton, Webster, Waubay, Wilmot, and 8 inches at Britton and near Peever.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 50 (1963) Aberdeen: -30 (2010)
Kennebec: 66 (1998) Kennebec: -23 (2010)
Mobridge: 55 (1963) Mobridge: -33 (1928)
Pierre: 63 (1998) Pierre: -17 (1942)
Sisseton: 54 (1964) Sisseton: -35 (2010)
Timber Lake: 55 (1962) Timber Lake: -27 (1928)
Watertown: 49 (1998) Watertown: -32 (1928)
Wheaton: 47 (1964) Wheaton: -30 (2010)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1914) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1937)
Kennebec: 1.44" (1907) Kennebec: 9.0" (1907)
Mobridge: 0.28" (1943) Mobridge: 5.5" (1943)
Pierre: 0.39" (1907) Pierre: 4.5" (1907)
Sisseton: 0.56" (1937) Sisseton: 11.3" (1976)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (1943) Timber Lake: 2.6" (1943)
Watertown: 0.36" (1975) Watertown: 6.0" (1937)
Wheaton: 0.85" (1937) Wheaton: 5.0" (1999)


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