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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 9, 1993:

High winds gusting in excess of 50 mph moved east across South Dakota behind a strong cold front. Peak wind gusts reported included 62 mph at Pierre and 49 mph at Aberdeen. In addition, high winds flipped over a mobile home on top of a car and a utility shed near The Oahe Reservoir. Also, a semi tractor trailer was overturned while crossing Ft. Randall Dam. An office trailer was also tipped over at the same location.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 65 (1913) Aberdeen: -20 (1951)
Kennebec: 74 (1936) Kennebec: -18 (1996)
Mobridge: 73 (1911) Mobridge: -15 (1951)
Pierre: 70 (1936) Pierre: -13 (1996)
Sisseton: 61 (1902) Sisseton: -13 (1984)
Timber Lake: 67 (1988) Timber Lake: -16 (1948)
Watertown: 59 (1911) Watertown: -13 (1984)
Wheaton: 56 (1990) Wheaton: -17 (1951)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.50" (1918) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1918)
Kennebec: 0.62" (1940) Kennebec: 4.5" (1970)
Mobridge: 0.88" (2010) Mobridge: 3.0" (1946)
Pierre: 0.71" (2010) Pierre: 4.3" (1970)
Sisseton: 0.42" (1971) Sisseton: 3.0" (1960)
Timber Lake: 0.37" (1986) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1918)
Watertown: 0.11" (1999) Watertown: 4.0" (1918)
Wheaton: 0.43" (2002) Wheaton: 6.0" (2002)


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