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 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 4, 1986:

Snowfall of 1 to 3 inches along with winds gusting to around 40 mph produced ground blizzard conditions in western South Dakota. Visibility was near zero in many locations with blowing and drifting snow blocking some roads. Some roads were closed in western South Dakota. Several accidents occurred with many cars ended up in the ditch.

January 4, 2005:

Heavy snow of up to 10 inches fell across much of Lyman and Jones counties from the 4th until mid-morning of the 5th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (2012) Aberdeen: -34 (1912)
Kennebec: 65 (1935) Kennebec: -28 (1950)
Mobridge: 57 (2012) Mobridge: -38 (1912)
Pierre: 60 (1935) Pierre: -24 (1950)
Sisseton: 49 (2012) Sisseton: -26 (1968)
Timber Lake: 55 (2012) Timber Lake: -29 (1950)
Watertown: 47 (2012) Watertown: -28 (1912)
Wheaton: 48 (1987) Wheaton: -32 (1924)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1897) Aberdeen: 12.0" (1897)
Kennebec: 0.90" (1997) Kennebec: 6.0" (1997)
Mobridge: 0.53" (1949) Mobridge: 9.0" (1997)
Pierre: 0.44" (1926) Pierre: 6.4" (1949)
Sisseton: 2.67" (1997) Sisseton: 24.2" (1997)
Timber Lake: 1.46" (1949) Timber Lake: 14.0" (1949)
Watertown: 1.22" (1997) Watertown: 3.0" (1926)
Wheaton: 2.05" (1997) Wheaton: 24.0" (1997)


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