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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 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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