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 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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June 8, 1964:

Winds of 50 mph or more were reported over much of the state. Wide spread damage to trees and utility lines. Buildings were damaged in scattered areas. Tornadoes were also observed on this day. The first one touched down in open county 30 miles WSW of Pierre. Another one was near Ridgeview, causing damage to power lines and property of a ranch.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 98 (2000) Aberdeen: 32 (1938)
Kennebec: 106 (2000) Kennebec: 31 (1924)
Mobridge: 93 (1988) Mobridge: 34 (1915)
Pierre: 107 (2000) Pierre: 39 (1937)
Sisseton: 95 (2000) Sisseton: 35 (1937)
Timber Lake: 95 (1988) Timber Lake: 36 (1937)
Watertown: 97 (2000) Watertown: 31 (1900)
Wheaton: 96 (2000) Wheaton: 39 (1915)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.40" (1904)
Kennebec: 1.63" (1998)
Mobridge: 1.16" (1975)
Pierre: 2.36" (1998)
Sisseton: 1.51" (1968)
Timber Lake: 1.45" (1932)
Watertown: 1.02" (1999)
Wheaton: 1.52" (1984)


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