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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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June 27, 1894:

Three people were injured as a tornado destroyed a home 5 miles north of Houghton. Lumber on a wagon was scattered for over a mile. This tornado was estimated to be an F2. Also, a second F2 tornado formed south of Aberdeen and moved northeast and went near Randolph, to beyond Bath. Several barns and two homes were destroyed along the narrow path. Three other small funnels were seen to touch down. Another tornado with estimated F2 strength moved ENE from northeast of St. Lawrence to Bonilla and Hitchcock. At least one home was destroyed. One person was killed in the destruction of her home, north of Wessington. An estimated F2 tornado hit 2 miles south of Henry. At least two small homes were totally blown away. There was another possible tornado 12 miles north of Henry. Numerous tornadoes continued into Minnesota.

June 27, 1928:

This long lived estimated F2 tornado moved southeast from 7 miles west of Faulkton, passing north and east of Orient. Buildings were damaged on nine farms. One home near Orient was riddled with timbers from a nearby grain elevator. This tornado was estimated to travel a distance of 40 miles. Estimated loss of property was $90,000.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 104 (1936) Aberdeen: 43 (1907)
Kennebec: 109 (1931) Kennebec: 36 (1914)
Mobridge: 106 (1936) Mobridge: 45 (1911)
Pierre: 103 (1990) Pierre: 46 (1976)
Sisseton: 99 (1936) Sisseton: 44 (1985)
Timber Lake: 108 (1936) Timber Lake: 44 (1993)
Watertown: 103 (1931) Watertown: 38 (1925)
Wheaton: 98 (1931) Wheaton: 39 (1925)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.12" (1942)
Kennebec: 2.35" (1980)
Mobridge: 1.47" (1952)
Pierre: 1.12" (1955)
Sisseton: 1.16" (1939)
Timber Lake: 1.74" (1944)
Watertown: 1.22" (1952)
Wheaton: 5.55" (1959)


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