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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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March 5, 1966:

A large winter storm system slowly tracked across South Dakota, starting the 2nd and ending on the 5th, leaving many areas in utter disarray. The largest snow depth measured was 35 inches at Mobridge. Strong winds of 40-55mph, with gusts to near 100mph, caused blowing snow, which reduced visibility to near-zero in some areas. Snow drifts of 30 ft were reported in sheltered areas, while open fields lay nearly bare. Livestock losses were heavy, including 50,000 cattle, 46,000 sheep, and 1,800 hogs. The largest livestock losses took place in the central and north-central part of the state. Heavy snow collapsed some structures and blocked many roads. The blizzard was rated as one of the most severe the state of South Dakota had ever seen.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 74 (2000) Aberdeen: -22 (1919)
Kennebec: 77 (2000) Kennebec: -16 (1989)
Mobridge: 77 (2000) Mobridge: -20 (1919)
Pierre: 80 (2000) Pierre: -13 (1989)
Sisseton: 72 (2000) Sisseton: -13 (2002)
Timber Lake: 72 (2000) Timber Lake: -16 (1989)
Watertown: 71 (2000) Watertown: -21 (1960)
Wheaton: 70 (2000) Wheaton: -16 (1919)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.02" (1983) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.93" (1983) Kennebec: 4.0" (1915)
Mobridge: 1.04" (1983) Mobridge: 5.0" (1995)
Pierre: 0.97" (1933) Pierre: 2.6" (1908)
Sisseton: 1.41" (1935) Sisseton: 5.0" (1935)
Timber Lake: 0.85" (1983) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1933)
Watertown: 0.37" (1973) Watertown: 3.0" (1962)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1935) Wheaton: 8.0" (1995)


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