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 27 March 1857 → A tornado cut a 100-yard wide path through Augusta, KY, then crossed the Ohio River before lifting on the Ohio side. Two tobacco warehouses were thrown into the river.
 27 March 1890 → Several tornadoes hit the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. After crossing the Ohio River from Illinois, an F4 tornado cut a swath from Livingston County to Daviess County, KY killing 21 and injuring 170.
 27 March 1977 → In heavy fog a Pan Am Boeing 747 was struck by a KLM Boeing 747 on a runway in Tenerife, Canary Islands after the KLM crew mistook an air traffic control radio transmission as clearance for take-off. 582 passengers were killed in the worst air disaster until September 11, 2001.
 27 March 1994 → A tornado outbreak on Palm Sunday took 42 lives in AL, GA, SC, and NC. A church near Piedmont, AL collapsed when it was struck by one of the tornadoes, resulting in 20 fatalities.
 27 March 2006 → Two people were killed when a tornado struck Hamburg, Germany around 7pm. It was part of a large area of severe storms that swept through Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, resulting in 300,000 power outages.

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January 15, 1982:

On this day in 1982, up to four inches of snow and powerful northwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph created blizzard conditions with widespread drifting across much of South Dakota and Minnesota from the early morning of the 15th to mid afternoon on the 16th. Wind chills were lowered to 50 to 80 degrees below zero and visibilities were near zero across most of the area. One death was attributed to exposure with the death of a 75 year old Milbank man. There were numerous weather related accidents. Some of the major accidents included: a truck blown off Interstate 90 near Murdo injuring the driver; a truck blown off Highway 281 and turned upside down in a ditch, and a truck slamming into a bridge on Interstate 90 near Murdo. The extreme cold killed numerous fruit trees at a nursery in Watertown.

January 15, 1985:

Heavy snow fell in central and south central South Dakota from early evening of the 15th to around noon on the 16th with areas around Pierre receiving up to 18 inches. Generally 5 to 10 inches fell with numerous minor traffic accidents reported. Interstate 90 had a no travel advisory in a 95-mile stretch from Kimball to Murdo until the afternoon of the 16th due to low visibility and heavy drifting. Also, many schools and businesses were closed. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Kennebec, 6 inches at Murdo, and 10 inches at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 48 (1942) Aberdeen: -42 (2009)
Kennebec: 60 (2006) Kennebec: -30 (2009)
Mobridge: 51 (1942) Mobridge: -33 (2009)
Pierre: 54 (2006) Pierre: -27 (1972)
Sisseton: 47 (1990) Sisseton: -31 (2009)
Timber Lake: 51 (1942) Timber Lake: -32 (1972)
Watertown: 46 (1919) Watertown: -35 (1972)
Wheaton: 43 (1931) Wheaton: -32 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1953) Aberdeen: 3.5" (1953)
Kennebec: 0.31" (2003) Kennebec: 5.5" (2003)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1915) Mobridge: 6.0" (1915)
Pierre: 0.91" (1985) Pierre: 10.0" (2003)
Sisseton: 0.38" (1980) Sisseton: 3.0" (1953)
Timber Lake: 0.55" (1943) Timber Lake: 3.3" (1949)
Watertown: 0.45" (1956) Watertown: 6.0" (1909)
Wheaton: 0.68" (1953) Wheaton: 5.0" (1980)


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