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March 17, 1997:

High winds of 30 to 50 mph, gusting to over 60 mph, occurred over much of northeast South Dakota through the morning and into the early afternoon hours. Several homes and businesses sustained some roof damage. In Aberdeen, the high winds tore a large piece of roof off of a bowling alley and also tore a piece of roof off an appliance store. The wind damaged some power lines and connections in Aberdeen, including some traffic lights. In Aberdeen, the power was out for 2500 customers for a few hours in the morning. The wind also damaged two old farm buildings west of Aberdeen. One barn lost 75 percent of it's roof. The second barn was pushed six inches off of it's foundation suffering minor structural damage. The Edmunds County Highway Department Shop, under construction east of Ipswich, suffered much of damage as many rafters came down and the sidewall frame shifted. Finally, many small to medium-sized branches were brought down by the high winds. Some peak wind gusts across the area included 58 mph in Aberdeen and 63 mph in Watertown.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 77 (2012) Aberdeen: -10 (1906)
Kennebec: 82 (2012) Kennebec: -14 (1943)
Mobridge: 79 (2012) Mobridge: -4 (1939)
Pierre: 80 (2012) Pierre: -3 (1989)
Sisseton: 78 (2012) Sisseton: -11 (1902)
Timber Lake: 79 (2012) Timber Lake: -3 (1965)
Watertown: 78 (1894) Watertown: -10 (1993)
Wheaton: 78 (2012) Wheaton: -12 (1923)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.93" (1987) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1907)
Kennebec: 1.25" (1987) Kennebec: 12.0" (1987)
Mobridge: 0.39" (1966) Mobridge: 3.2" (1982)
Pierre: 0.94" (1986) Pierre: 4.0" (1986)
Sisseton: 1.05" (1943) Sisseton: 6.0" (1943)
Timber Lake: 0.50" (1987) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1989)
Watertown: 0.87" (1965) Watertown: 6.0" (1965)
Wheaton: 0.38" (1965) Wheaton: 2.5" (1951) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.