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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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March 7, 1998:

A winter storm tracked across South Dakota resulting in heavy snow of 6 to 8 inches across most of central South Dakota from the evening of the 6th into the afternoon of the 7th. Some snowfall amounts included 6 inches at Fort Pierre and near Stephan, 7 inches at Blunt, Pierre, and Murdo, and 8 inches across far southern Jones and Lyman counties. Many activities were canceled and travel was significantly disrupted, especially on Interstate-90.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 69 (1987) Aberdeen: -24 (1995)
Kennebec: 71 (2006) Kennebec: -22 (1943)
Mobridge: 64 (1968) Mobridge: -17 (1995)
Pierre: 69 (2006) Pierre: -15 (1996)
Sisseton: 70 (2000) Sisseton: -13 (1960)
Timber Lake: 63 (1977) Timber Lake: -19 (1995)
Watertown: 74 (2000) Watertown: -19 (2008)
Wheaton: 71 (1987) Wheaton: -14 (2008)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.22" (1951) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1951)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1990) Kennebec: 5.0" (1998)
Mobridge: 0.39" (2000) Mobridge: 1.7" (1951)
Pierre: 0.42" (1990) Pierre: 3.0" (1998)
Sisseton: 0.53" (1983) Sisseton: 3.0" (1984)
Timber Lake: 0.33" (1983) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1983)
Watertown: 0.55" (1983) Watertown: 1.9" (1983)
Wheaton: 0.83" (1950) Wheaton: 7.0" (1950)


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