This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 29 July 1916 → Lightning ignited a forest fire that burned down the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, Ontario killing 273 people.
 29 July 1981 → Lightning struck a tree then spread across the ground near Vance, NC. The lightning strike killed 50 cows weighing around 800 pounds each.
 29 July 2005 → A hike up Mount Whitney in California turned deadly when the tarp belonging to camping Boy Scouts was struck by lightning. A boy scout and the scout leader were killed.

This Day in Weather History Archive

On This Day In

                   Weather History...


March 16, 1963:

Freezing rain, followed by blizzard conditions, impacted much of western and northern South Dakota. Icing and strong winds knocked down many utility poles and lines. The heaviest snow fell near the Black Hills and exceeded 12 inches. Rapid City alone spent $14,000 for snow removal; quite possibly, at its time, the most spent at once since the Blizzard of 1949.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (2012) Aberdeen: -17 (1906)
Kennebec: 86 (2012) Kennebec: -19 (1906)
Mobridge: 83 (2012) Mobridge: -2 (1944)
Pierre: 86 (2012) Pierre: -5 (1962)
Sisseton: 79 (2012) Sisseton: -7 (1902)
Timber Lake: 82 (2012) Timber Lake: -8 (1913)
Watertown: 77 (2012) Watertown: -14 (1900)
Wheaton: 68 (2003) Wheaton: -4 (1997)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.80" (1893) Aberdeen: 8.0" (1893)
Kennebec: 0.80" (1946) Kennebec: 5.0" (1917)
Mobridge: 0.72" (1963) Mobridge: 6.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.78" (1946) Pierre: 4.0" (2006)
Sisseton: 0.98" (1945) Sisseton: 5.0" (1934)
Timber Lake: 0.89" (1943) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1963)
Watertown: 1.25" (1946) Watertown: 6.0" (1920)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1943) Wheaton: 3.0" (1990)


USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.