This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 30 January 1977 → The Great Buffalo Blizzard finally drew to a close after up to a foot of snow fell on a pre-existing 33 inch snowpack, accompanied by powerful wind gusts producing wind chills to -60 with 25-foot drifts. 29 people were killed, many while stranded in their cars.
 30 January 2004 → The northern Plains suffered an extreme cold spell when the temperature at Fosston, MN fell to -50F.

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July 20, 1901:

The temperature soared to 115 degrees in Ipswich, making it the hottest location in the state.

July 20, 1951:

From the southeast residential section of Watertown, an estimated F2 tornado moved east, passing near Kranzburg and Goodwin. One small home and several barns were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $30,000.

July 20, 2002:

An extremely strong severe thunderstorm moved over Rapid City and across the adjacent plains east of town. Downburst winds and the associated gust front caused damage along a nearly 30 mile long path. Extensive tree damage occurred throughout the eastern half of the city with countless trees and branches in excess of 24 inch diameter felled. Two roofs were torn off by the winds. Flying debris damaged numerous cars and buildings. The NWS office in downtown Rapid City measured an 80 mph wind gust, with meteorologists noting winds were sustained at 60 to 70 mph for 5 minutes. Ellsworth AFB wind equipment measured a 106 mph wind gust from the thunderstorm as it passed. Costs associated only with tree damage and cleaning up debris were conservatively estimated at $500,000.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 111 (1934) Aberdeen: 43 (1970)
Kennebec: 114 (1934) Kennebec: 42 (1970)
Mobridge: 115 (1934) Mobridge: 46 (1944)
Pierre: 115 (1934) Pierre: 46 (1970)
Sisseton: 102 (1934) Sisseton: 47 (1992)
Timber Lake: 105 (1960) Timber Lake: 45 (1944)
Watertown: 102 (2002) Watertown: 40 (1911)
Wheaton: 103 (1977) Wheaton: 44 (1971)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.56" (2001)
Kennebec: 1.38" (1919)
Mobridge: 2.39" (2001)
Pierre: 2.47" (1982)
Sisseton: 1.74" (2001)
Timber Lake: 1.25" (1995)
Watertown: 1.35" (2001)
Wheaton: 1.31" (1948)


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