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 1 February 1951 → One of the worst ice storms ever to hit the United States deposited a glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania. The storm caused 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for up to ten days.
 1 February 1953 → An intense low pressure system swept across the North Sea. Wind speeds at Aberdeen, Scotland exceeded 125 mph. A storm surge of 13 feet breached dams in the Netherlands, flooding 4 million acres, or one-sixth of the country.
 1 February 1972 → A blizzard in Iran ended a four year drought, but a full week of cold and snow caused the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.
 1 February 2011 → An immense blizzard dropped as much as two feet of snow from Tulsa through southwest Missouri, northeast Missouri, central Illinois, northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, to Lower Michigan. The northern suburbs of Chicago received 21 inches, and the Chicago lakefront recorded 70 mph winds!

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March 4, 1997:

Two to five inches of snow fell across northeast and part of central South Dakota from the 3rd into the 4th. This new snowfall, combined with the already deep and expansive snowpack and winds of 20 to 40 mph, brought widespread blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities were reduced to near zero at times, making travel treacherous. Many roads were blocked by snowdrifts. Many schools, as well as several roads, were closed. Several vehicles became stuck and had to be pulled out. Some snowfall amounts included 4 inches at Clear Lake, Britton, Waubay, and Wilmot; and 5 inches at Onida, Blunt, Highmore, Miller, and Milbank.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 64 (2000) Aberdeen: -23 (1917)
Kennebec: 74 (2000) Kennebec: -28 (1960)
Mobridge: 67 (2000) Mobridge: -19 (1960)
Pierre: 75 (2000) Pierre: -18 (1960)
Sisseton: 62 (2000) Sisseton: -16 (1952)
Timber Lake: 67 (2000) Timber Lake: -21 (1960)
Watertown: 65 (2000) Watertown: -21 (1960)
Wheaton: 63 (2000) Wheaton: -22 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.23" (1966) Aberdeen: 11.7" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.69" (1938) Kennebec: 6.0" (1985)
Mobridge: 1.64" (1966) Mobridge: 15.0" (1966)
Pierre: 0.60" (1966) Pierre: 5.8" (1966)
Sisseton: 0.57" (1985) Sisseton: 8.0" (1985)
Timber Lake: 3.50" (1966) Timber Lake: 20.0" (1966)
Watertown: 0.84" (1966) Watertown: 9.4" (1938)
Wheaton: 0.87" (1985) Wheaton: 12.0" (1985)


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