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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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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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