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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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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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