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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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January 30, 2001:

Widespread freezing rain, accumulating from 1/8 to 1/2 inch, changed over to snow late in the evening of the 29th. The snow accumulated from 6 to 12 inches over much of central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. The combination of ice and snow caused significant travel problems, school and flight cancellations and delays, business closings, and numerous vehicle accidents. Several highways were closed along with large portions of Interstates 29 and 90. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Murdo, 14 SSW Hayes, and 8 E of Eden, 7 inches at Castlewood and 5 NE of Peever, 8 inches at Miller, Gann Valley, Iona, Watertown, Ortonville, and 2 NW Stephan. Nine inches of snowfall accumulated 18 S of Harrold with 10 inches at Tulare and Kennebec, 11 inches at Clark, Clear Lake, and Wheaton, 12 inches at Carpenter, Willow Lake, Milbank, and Browns Valley, and 13 inches at Wilmot.

January 30, 2011:

Heavy snow of 6 to 9 inches fell across part of northeast South Dakota from the afternoon of the 30th to the afternoon of the 31st. Travel was disrupted especially along Interstate-90. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Webster, Summit, and Clear Lake; 7 inches at Watertown and Milbank; 8 inches at Wilmot and Sisseton and 9 inches at Bryant, Waubay, and Andover.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 55 (1931) Aberdeen: -32 (1916)
Kennebec: 66 (1989) Kennebec: -31 (1918)
Mobridge: 58 (1934) Mobridge: -31 (1918)
Pierre: 63 (1989) Pierre: -20 (1996)
Sisseton: 49 (2012) Sisseton: -25 (2004)
Timber Lake: 58 (1931) Timber Lake: -29 (1996)
Watertown: 50 (1989) Watertown: -28 (1918)
Wheaton: 49 (1992) Wheaton: -35 (1916)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.50" (1929) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1929)
Kennebec: 0.38" (2001) Kennebec: 5.0" (2001)
Mobridge: 0.80" (1917) Mobridge: 8.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.12" (2001) Pierre: 1.2" (2009)
Sisseton: 0.11" (2011) Sisseton: 2.4" (2011)
Timber Lake: 0.48" (1917) Timber Lake: 9.4" (1917)
Watertown: 0.50" (2001) Watertown: 6.0" (1929)
Wheaton: 1.07" (2001) Wheaton: 11.0" (2001)


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