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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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March 2, 1966:

The blizzard began late on March 2nd in the west and moved very slowly across the state reaching the extreme east on the 4th continuing into the 5th. Snow depths ranged from 2 to 4 inches in southeast South Dakota to nearly 3 feet in north central South Dakota. Winds of 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 100 mph caused widespread blowing snow and near zero visibilities during the storm. Drifts up to 30 feet were reported in sheltered areas with open fields nearly bare. The storm caused heavy livestock losses. Estimated losses were 50,000 cattle, 46,000 sheep, and 1800 hogs. The largest losses were in the central and north central parts of the state. The heavy snow also collapsed a number of structures. Three deaths were directly caused by the storm due to exposure and 3 deaths were indirectly caused by the storm; 2 due to heart attacks and 1 by asphyxiation. The blizzard was rated as one of the most severe that has been experienced in South Dakota. Many roads were blocked for days along with many schools and businesses closed.

March 2, 1970:

In an early season severe thunderstorm, hail 0.75 inches in diameter fell in Day County, 4miles SSE of Webster. In addition, 1.75 inch hail fell 5 miles south of Huron in Beadle County.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 72 (1905) Aberdeen: -21 (1913)
Kennebec: 84 (1974) Kennebec: -19 (1950)
Mobridge: 73 (1974) Mobridge: -21 (1919)
Pierre: 80 (1974) Pierre: -13 (1950)
Sisseton: 67 (1905) Sisseton: -16 (2003)
Timber Lake: 75 (1974) Timber Lake: -21 (1916)
Watertown: 63 (1905) Watertown: -23 (1913)
Wheaton: 69 (1992) Wheaton: -20 (1916)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.56" (1966) Aberdeen: 5.5" (1985)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1951) Kennebec: 8.0" (1985)
Mobridge: 0.74" (1966) Mobridge: 7.3" (1966)
Pierre: 0.76" (1985) Pierre: 7.6" (1985)
Sisseton: 0.23" (1978) Sisseton: 7.1" (2007)
Timber Lake: 0.39" (1953) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1985)
Watertown: 0.30" (1965) Watertown: 4.1" (2007)
Wheaton: 0.26" (2007) Wheaton: 2.4" (2007) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.