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January 26, 1977:

Four days of very strong winds occurred from the 26th through the 29th with a strong low pressure area over western Ontario. Strong northwest winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts into the 60s caused widespread blowing and drifting snow with most roads closed with many traffic accidents. The winds combined with subzero temperatures to create wind chills of 60 to 80 below zero. Many schools were closed for several days.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 58 (1947) Aberdeen: -30 (1950)
Kennebec: 63 (2006) Kennebec: -29 (1950)
Mobridge: 57 (1947) Mobridge: -33 (1950)
Pierre: 64 (2006) Pierre: -25 (1950)
Sisseton: 54 (1947) Sisseton: -25 (1950)
Timber Lake: 52 (1947) Timber Lake: -30 (1950)
Watertown: 54 (1931) Watertown: -28 (1895)
Wheaton: 53 (1931) Wheaton: -32 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1916) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1956)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1918) Kennebec: 5.0" (1918)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1917) Mobridge: 6.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.27" (1902) Pierre: 0.9" (2000)
Sisseton: 0.24" (1979) Sisseton: 3.0" (1979)
Timber Lake: 0.42" (1956) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1969)
Watertown: 0.33" (1979) Watertown: 5.0" (2004)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1979) Wheaton: 10.0" (2004)


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