This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 1 February 1951 → One of the worst ice storms ever to hit the United States deposited a glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania. The storm caused 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for up to ten days.
 1 February 1953 → An intense low pressure system swept across the North Sea. Wind speeds at Aberdeen, Scotland exceeded 125 mph. A storm surge of 13 feet breached dams in the Netherlands, flooding 4 million acres, or one-sixth of the country.
 1 February 1972 → A blizzard in Iran ended a four year drought, but a full week of cold and snow caused the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.
 1 February 2011 → An immense blizzard dropped as much as two feet of snow from Tulsa through southwest Missouri, northeast Missouri, central Illinois, northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, to Lower Michigan. The northern suburbs of Chicago received 21 inches, and the Chicago lakefront recorded 70 mph winds!

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July 2, 1921:

Barns were destroyed on two farms near Frederick. A boy who could not make it to the cellar was killed in the open near a barn. This is the earliest know death from a significant, estimated F2 tornado in Brown County.

July 2, 1960:

Hail shredded corn, flattened grain and hay, and pounded soybeans into the ground in a strip extending from Clinton to Montevideo in Minnesota. Leaves and bark were stripped from trees. Hail stones were reported to pile up to a depth of four feet in low spots. One farmer reported the loss of 2000 turkeys. Twelve barns demolished, many outbuildings destroyed and several home damaged by winds. Near Appleton, 45 cars of a moving 174 car freight train derailed by the wind, one hanger destroyed, and 2 plans were damaged. In Big Stone County alone, the cost to repair power lines and poles estimated to be near 10,000 dollars. Total crop acreage affected was near 64,000 acres. The three counties of Big Stone, Swift and Chippewa Counties was designed a disaster area.

July 2, 2005:

A line of severe thunderstorms with very strong straight-line winds moved from northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana across northwest South Dakota during the evening. Widespread wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph affected northwest South Dakota; breaking tree limbs, downing trees, and knocking down snow fences. The strong winds capsized a boat on the Belle Fourche Reservoir near Orman Dam. Five people, including an infant, were rescued by emergency personnel with no one injured. The strongest winds were reported north of Newell, near Castle Rock, where gusts estimated at 100 mph damaged a barn roof and ripped a chimney off a house. Hail to the size of quarters was also reported across parts of the area, and combined with the wind, caused some minor damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1949) Aberdeen: 37 (1945)
Kennebec: 108 (1936) Kennebec: 37 (1945)
Mobridge: 105 (1949) Mobridge: 40 (1945)
Pierre: 105 (1936) Pierre: 43 (1968)
Sisseton: 100 (1949) Sisseton: 44 (1994)
Timber Lake: 107 (1949) Timber Lake: 41 (1968)
Watertown: 100 (1911) Watertown: 43 (1940)
Wheaton: 96 (2002) Wheaton: 44 (1932)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.33" (2000)
Kennebec: 1.45" (1912)
Mobridge: 1.24" (1981)
Pierre: 2.13" (1981)
Sisseton: 3.65" (1903)
Timber Lake: 0.88" (1912)
Watertown: 1.15" (1955)
Wheaton: 1.03" (1930)


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