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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 7, 1967:

Heavy snow and strong winds caused low visibilities in west central Minnesota from the 6th through the 7th. There were several accidents reported.

January 7, 1980:

A strong area of low pressure moved out of the northern Rockies across South Dakota and central Minnesota on January 6th and 7th. Heavy snow along with very high winds caused widespread blowing and drifting snow with low visibilities. Many roads were closed and many motorists were stranded. Snowfall amounts across western and northern Minnesota were from 7 to 12 inches.

January 7, 1989:

Five to nineteen inches of snow fell across northern and east central South Dakota on the 6th and 7th. Snow and blowing snow reduced visibilities to near zero in many locations as winds gusted to near 50 mph. Part of Interstate 29 north of Sisseton was closed the night of the 7th. Icy roads contributed to a school bus accident which injured 8 boys. Extreme wind chills of 30 to 60 below also occurred. Snowfall amounts included 8 inches in Sisseton, with 12 to 19 inches across Marshall and Roberts counties.

January 7, 2010:

Arctic high pressure combined with strong northwest winds resulting in extreme wind chills from 35 to nearly 50 degrees below zero across central and northeast South Dakota. Some of the lowest wind chills included, -40 in Aberdeen; -41 in Watertown; -42 in Highmore; -43 in Leola and Faulkton; -44 in Eagle Butte, Herreid, and Gettysburg; and -47 in Bowdle. Several record lows were also tied or broken during the morning hours of the 8th including, -22 degrees NW of Gann Valley and Victor; -23 degrees at Pierre and Sisseton; -24 degrees at Roscoe; and -34 degrees at Pollock.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (1963) Aberdeen: -39 (1912)
Kennebec: 63 (2003) Kennebec: -37 (1912)
Mobridge: 58 (2003) Mobridge: -33 (1912)
Pierre: 61 (2003) Pierre: -24 (1942)
Sisseton: 54 (1963) Sisseton: -26 (1936)
Timber Lake: 55 (2003) Timber Lake: -30 (1912)
Watertown: 49 (1990) Watertown: -29 (1942)
Wheaton: 48 (1963) Wheaton: -25 (1982)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.46" (1992) Aberdeen: 4.3" (1992)
Kennebec: 0.48" (1992) Kennebec: 4.0" (1975)
Mobridge: 0.14" (1992) Mobridge: 1.8" (1992)
Pierre: 0.42" (1992) Pierre: 4.0" (1975)
Sisseton: 0.45" (1989) Sisseton: 7.0" (1989)
Timber Lake: 0.18" (1992) Timber Lake: 1.5" (1992)
Watertown: 0.26" (1975) Watertown: 2.6" (1975)
Wheaton: 0.59" (1989) Wheaton: 8.0" (1989)


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