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January 19, 1970:

Extremely cold air was over the area on this day in weather history in 1970. After an extremely cold night, daytime high temperatures struggled to reach the single digits below zero. Overnight low temperatures across the area were from 25 below to 34 below zero with daytime highs from 3 above at Sisseton to 12 degrees below zero at Pierre. Record low temperatures were set at Wheaton, Watertown, Pierre, and Kennebec. The temperature fell to 32 degrees below zero at Pierre, 33 degrees below zero at Watertown and Wheaton, and to 34 degrees zero at Kennebec. Aberdeen fell to 35 degrees below zero, Sisseton fell to 26 degrees below zero, Mobridge fell to 25 degrees below zero, Sisseton fell to 26 degrees below zero, and Timber Lake fell to 27 degrees below zero.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 60 (1921) Aberdeen: -36 (1943)
Kennebec: 66 (1900) Kennebec: -34 (1970)
Mobridge: 53 (1919) Mobridge: -37 (1943)
Pierre: 56 (1999) Pierre: -32 (1970)
Sisseton: 48 (1942) Sisseton: -29 (1985)
Timber Lake: 62 (1919) Timber Lake: -31 (1943)
Watertown: 56 (1900) Watertown: -33 (1970)
Wheaton: 54 (1921) Wheaton: -33 (1970)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.40" (1894) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1894)
Kennebec: 0.48" (1937) Kennebec: 6.0" (1937)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1945) Mobridge: 2.8" (1945)
Pierre: 0.30" (2003) Pierre: 3.8" (1945)
Sisseton: 0.80" (1937) Sisseton: 6.0" (1937)
Timber Lake: 0.40" (1945) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1945)
Watertown: 0.30" (1979) Watertown: 4.0" (1926)
Wheaton: 0.52" (1979) Wheaton: 6.0" (1979) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.