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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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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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