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January 12, 1912:

The all-time coldest temperature ever recorded at Aberdeen and Timber Lake was 46 degrees below zero on this date in 1912. On February 8th, 1895, 46 degrees below zero was also recorded in Aberdeen. The record low for this date was also set at Watertown with 38 degrees below zero.

January 12, 1997:

On January 12th, 1997, some of the greatest snow depths were recorded across central and northeast South Dakota. Ipswich had 29 inches on the ground, Aberdeen had 30 inches, Timber Lake had 31 inches, Mobridge had 34 inches, and Waubay had 38 inches. Some of the highest snow depths were recorded at Summit, Sand Lake, and at Eureka. Summit had 42 inches of snow on the ground on January 12th, Sand Lake had 47 inches, and Eureka had a snow depth of 50 inches. The snow depth at Aberdeen was the all-time record snow depth and Mobridge was just an inch shy of their 35 inch record snow depth.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 58 (1987) Aberdeen: -46 (1912)
Kennebec: 67 (1987) Kennebec: -42 (1912)
Mobridge: 57 (1987) Mobridge: -34 (1916)
Pierre: 64 (1987) Pierre: -20 (1974)
Sisseton: 61 (1987) Sisseton: -24 (1977)
Timber Lake: 64 (1987) Timber Lake: -46 (1912)
Watertown: 49 (1987) Watertown: -38 (1912)
Wheaton: 58 (1987) Wheaton: -28 (1977)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.43" (1995) Aberdeen: 3.6" (1993)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1910) Kennebec: 5.0" (1910)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1988) Mobridge: 3.6" (2000)
Pierre: 0.20" (1995) Pierre: 3.9" (1947)
Sisseton: 0.54" (1995) Sisseton: 5.0" (1995)
Timber Lake: 0.29" (1947) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1993)
Watertown: 0.16" (1963) Watertown: 1.4" (1995)
Wheaton: 0.56" (1995) Wheaton: 4.0" (2000)


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