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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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March 6, 2000:

A grass fire of unknown origin was exacerbated by dry conditions and strong winds, burning 1500 acres of grassland northwest and north of Brandon in Minnehaha County. Several homes were threatened by the fire but no homes were damaged; although farmland and some equipment burned. In a separate event the same day, a controlled burn went out of control, exacerbated by the conditions and strong winds. The fire caused one fatality and one injury. Damage was confined to grassland.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 69 (2000) Aberdeen: -16 (1899)
Kennebec: 76 (1972) Kennebec: -17 (1943)
Mobridge: 68 (1937) Mobridge: -20 (1932)
Pierre: 71 (2000) Pierre: -10 (1996)
Sisseton: 71 (1987) Sisseton: -12 (1989)
Timber Lake: 65 (1968) Timber Lake: -19 (1995)
Watertown: 73 (1987) Watertown: -16 (1899)
Wheaton: 73 (1987) Wheaton: -15 (1989)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1896) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1915) Kennebec: 4.0" (1915)
Mobridge: 0.74" (1983) Mobridge: 5.0" (1983)
Pierre: 0.73" (1908) Pierre: 7.3" (1908)
Sisseton: 0.67" (1946) Sisseton: 8.0" (1946)
Timber Lake: 0.35" (1983) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1995)
Watertown: 0.75" (1983) Watertown: 6.0" (1908)
Wheaton: 0.48" (1983) Wheaton: 6.0" (1995)


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