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 31 July 1993 → Alabama finished its hottest July on record since 1879, while receiving less than half the normal rainfall. Meanwhile, the Great Flood of 1993 was reaching its peak in the Midwest and was eventually responsible for 48 deaths and $23.1 billion in damage.

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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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