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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 14, 1989:

A fast moving winter storm produced freezing rain and heavy snow across most of South Dakota. Visibilities were reduced to 100 ft within areas of blowing snow. Driving conditions became treacherous, resulting in abandoned vehicles, several accidents, and the temporary closing of I-29 from Sioux Falls to the North Dakota border.

March 14, 1990:

Heavy Snow fell across parts of southwest, central, and north central South Dakota from the late afternoon on the 13th into the morning hours of the 14th. Highest accumulations were recorded in the north-central part of the state, including 9 inches at Gettysburg, 8 inches at Pollock, and 5 inches at Pine Ridge.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 71 (1981) Aberdeen: -31 (1897)
Kennebec: 82 (1935) Kennebec: -20 (1897)
Mobridge: 73 (1935) Mobridge: -5 (1988)
Pierre: 79 (1935) Pierre: -3 (1951)
Sisseton: 70 (1981) Sisseton: -12 (1960)
Timber Lake: 71 (2012) Timber Lake: -13 (1912)
Watertown: 69 (1935) Watertown: -27 (1897)
Wheaton: 65 (1981) Wheaton: -8 (1960)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.20" (1899) Aberdeen: 12.0" (1899)
Kennebec: 1.10" (1973) Kennebec: 15.0" (2002)
Mobridge: 1.52" (1973) Mobridge: 6.6" (1953)
Pierre: 1.16" (1953) Pierre: 5.0" (2002)
Sisseton: 0.91" (1957) Sisseton: 7.0" (1989)
Timber Lake: 1.80" (1973) Timber Lake: 9.5" (1953)
Watertown: 0.65" (1973) Watertown: 11.0" (2002)
Wheaton: 0.69" (1973) Wheaton: 10.0" (1989)


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