This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 29 January 1780 → On the coldest morning of an already severe winter, the mercury dipped to -16 at New York City, and bottomed out at -20 in Hartford. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
 29 January 1921 → Hurricane force winds, with tree-top level gusts estimated to 150 mph, raked the Pacific Northwest during the "Olympic Blowdown." Surface wind gusts along the Washington coast were measured at speeds over 100 mph, and several billion board feet of timber were felled.
 29 January 1951 → The greatest winter storm in the history of Nashville, TN shut the city down until February 5th under a heavy coating of both ice and snow (accompanied by frigid temperatures).

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March 13, 1971:

During an evening thunderstorm in Moody County, South Dakota, lightning destroyed a transformer plant in Coleman. Damages were estimated at $250,000.

March 13, 1997:

A winter storm began with widespread freezing drizzle, creating icy roadways and walkways, before changing over to snow. Before the snow was over, 2 to 8 inches had fallen on an already expansive and deep snowpack. The winds accelerated to 20 to 40 mph, resulting in widespread blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities were reduced to near zero at times, making travel treacherous. Many roads again became blocked by snowdrifts and several were closed. Many area schools were again closed, adding to an already substantial total of days missed for the winter season. Some people were stranded, and had to wait out the storm. Some airport flights were canceled. The icy roads and low visibilities resulted in several vehicle mishaps as well. There was a rollover accident west of Mobridge and an overturned van 7 miles west of Webster. On Interstate-29 there were several rollover accidents, including vehicles sliding off of the road. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Timber Lake, Mobridge, Eureka, Leola, Britton, and Clark, 5 inches at Leola, 6 inches at Waubay and Summit, and 8 inches at Pollock.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 71 (2012) Aberdeen: -28 (1896)
Kennebec: 82 (2012) Kennebec: -18 (1960)
Mobridge: 79 (1911) Mobridge: -14 (1951)
Pierre: 82 (2012) Pierre: -15 (1960)
Sisseton: 62 (1945) Sisseton: -6 (1993)
Timber Lake: 77 (2012) Timber Lake: -23 (1951)
Watertown: 70 (2012) Watertown: -14 (1960)
Wheaton: 60 (1990) Wheaton: -14 (2009)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.56" (1929) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1918)
Kennebec: 0.85" (1938) Kennebec: 4.0" (2006)
Mobridge: 0.77" (1944) Mobridge: 3.8" (1944)
Pierre: 0.42" (1929) Pierre: 2.4" (1952)
Sisseton: 0.50" (1997) Sisseton: 5.5" (1997)
Timber Lake: 1.50" (1918) Timber Lake: 8.3" (1944)
Watertown: 0.23" (1940) Watertown: 5.0" (1893)
Wheaton: 0.47" (1918) Wheaton: 3.7" (1952)


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