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 27 August 1881 → A Category 3 hurricane made landfall near Savannah, GA and is estimated to have killed about 700 people.
 27 August 1893 → A Category 3 (possibly Category 4) hurricane slammed into Savannah, GA with a 16 foot storm surge. It is estimated that one to two thousand people were killed.
 27 August 1964 → Miami took a direct hit from Hurricane Cleo. Winds gusted to 135 mph, while the hurricane caused $125 million in damage. Hurricane Hunter flights through the storm were so turbulent that one airman was injured to the point that he was unable to fly again. It was the first direct hit on Miami in 14 years.
 27 August 1971Tropical Storm Doria swept directly over New York City, flooding subways in the Big Apple.
 27 August 1973 → Canada's largest hailstone, 4.5" in diameter, fell on Cedoux, Saskatchewan.

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March 22, 1966:

The blizzard began on the 22nd in the west moving southeastward into Nebraska and then moving northeastward across the southeastern part of South Dakota. Winds up to 50 mph caused blowing snow which reduced visibility to near zero. Seven to 8 inches of snow fell on the plains of South Dakota with up to 2 feet in the Black Hills. Traffic was paralyzed due to snow-blocked roads. Schools and many businesses were closed. One death was attributed to the storm to exposure and exhaustion. One death in Sioux Falls was indirectly caused by a heart attack.

March 22, 1987:

Snowmelt and rainfall caused some rivers and small streams to rise to very high levels in central South Dakota. Lowland flooding around the basins occurred, submerging some small roads and streets. In addition, high water levels and ice damaged some railroad bridges between Wakpala and Mahto in Corson County.

March 22, 2009:

A stretch of warmer weather occurred from March 14th to 17th, which resulted in high temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. The snow depth in Fargo on the 14th was 15 inches with a melted water equivalent of 3.10 inches. By the 17th, the snow depth in Fargo had dropped to 6 inches. This was followed by a couple of cooler days, which temporarily slowed down any additional snowmelt. A second period of warmer weather began on March 20th and continued through the 24th. During this period of time, high temperatures again climbed into the 40s and low 50s. Most of the remaining snow in Fargo melted during this stretch of warm weather, with the Fargo snow depth falling from 2 inches to 0. Conditions were about the same in Grand Forks, with the snow depth falling to 0 by the 24th. These two warm ups resulted in a quick response in river levels, especially across the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota. The Red River also showed a response, especially in the southern Red River Valley. With all the runoff moving into the river systems, water covered many roads and resulted in numerous road closures. The water covered entire sections of land as well and threatened many homes. A winter storm event on March 24th and 25th brought more snow to the region, along with a turn to colder temperatures. This resulted in a first crest for many rivers in the southern Red River Valley and west central Minnesota. However, river levels at most points along the Red River continued to stay high. Another winter storm event hit much of the area March 30th to 31st, dropping up to 2 feet of snow in the southern Red River Valley. There was a lot of moisture in this new snow, with snow to liquid ratios of less than 10 to 1. This set the stage for continued flooding into the months of April and early May. The North Dakota Governor issued a statewide disaster declaration on March 13 in anticipation of spring flooding. Most counties in eastern North Dakota later received a Presidential Disaster Declaration.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 78 (1945) Aberdeen: -16 (1899)
Kennebec: 91 (1910) Kennebec: -16 (1899)
Mobridge: 80 (1939) Mobridge: -10 (1913)
Pierre: 84 (1939) Pierre: -3 (2002)
Sisseton: 76 (1945) Sisseton: 1 (1940)
Timber Lake: 79 (1939) Timber Lake: -7 (1913)
Watertown: 77 (1939) Watertown: -11 (1899)
Wheaton: 70 (2012) Wheaton: 2 (1951)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1893) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1893)
Kennebec: 0.55" (1894) Kennebec: 3.0" (1893)
Mobridge: 2.00" (1929) Mobridge: 11.0" (1929)
Pierre: 0.52" (1894) Pierre: 8.0" (1936)
Sisseton: 0.84" (2009) Sisseton: 3.0" (1979)
Timber Lake: 0.87" (1995) Timber Lake: 4.0" (2005)
Watertown: 1.24" (2011) Watertown: 4.0" (1929)
Wheaton: 0.32" (1980) Wheaton: 6.0" (1980)


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