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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)


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