This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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July 6, 1963:

A farmer was fatally injured near Waubay when the barn was destroyed while he was inside. Winds of 110 mph were recorded at FAA in Watertown before the roof and wind instruments were blown away.

July 6, 1982:

A severe thunderstorm produced a series of five microbursts over Sioux Falls. The microbursts caused extensive damage. Winds were estimated to have reached 125 mph, and a peak gust of 82 mph was recorded by the airport. Damage, which was heaviest in the south central and northeast sections of the city, included thousands of trees uprooted or damaged. Several semi trailers were blown over, critically injuring one man and slightly injuring two others. Several other minor injuries occurred mainly from flying glass. Five cars were rolled over by the high winds and several others damaged flying debris. Damage at the airport included a portion of a hangar roof blown off and three light aircraft flipped over.

July 6, 1994:

Widespread rainfall of over 6 inches fell in Dewey, Potter, and Faulk Counties, causing damage to roads and flooded basements and fields. A teenage girl escaped injury when her car was washed away by the waters of a swollen creek about 5 miles east of Gettysburg. Some storm total amounts include; 6.80 inches in Orient; 6.70 at Faulkton; 5.80 in Milbank; 5.48 in Big Stone City; 5.02 in Ipswich; 4.50 in Gettysburg; 4.17 in Webster; 4.12 near Onaka; 4.02 in Leola; and 3.97 in Britton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 115 (1936) Aberdeen: 42 (1942)
Kennebec: 111 (1937) Kennebec: 40 (1899)
Mobridge: 114 (1936) Mobridge: 42 (1915)
Pierre: 111 (1973) Pierre: 47 (1934)
Sisseton: 113 (1936) Sisseton: 45 (1997)
Timber Lake: 115 (1936) Timber Lake: 45 (1958)
Watertown: 104 (1936) Watertown: 40 (1942)
Wheaton: 104 (1988) Wheaton: 47 (1984)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.26" (1994)
Kennebec: 1.43" (1907)
Mobridge: 1.85" (1994)
Pierre: 1.84" (1994)
Sisseton: 2.25" (1938)
Timber Lake: 1.28" (1994)
Watertown: 0.95" (1956)
Wheaton: 1.65" (2004)


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