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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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March 23, 1987:

Strong winds and heavy snow produced blizzard conditions across South Dakota March 23rd through the 25th. Snow amounts ranged from 6 to 19 inches. Snow totals included 19" at Winner (in Tripp County), 15" at Murdo (in Jones County), and 12" at Woonsocket (in Sanborn County) and Platte (in Charles Mix County). The wind piled the snow into drifts up to 10 feet deep. The heavy, wet snow broke power lines in several counties in the south central and east central parts of the state knocking out power for up to a few days.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 88 (1910) Aberdeen: -21 (1899)
Kennebec: 85 (1910) Kennebec: -14 (1899)
Mobridge: 84 (1939) Mobridge: -7 (1965)
Pierre: 84 (1939) Pierre: -5 (1965)
Sisseton: 77 (1939) Sisseton: -14 (1974)
Timber Lake: 82 (1939) Timber Lake: -9 (1965)
Watertown: 82 (1910) Watertown: -14 (1899)
Wheaton: 73 (2003) Wheaton: -10 (1965)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.85" (1975) Aberdeen: 9.3" (1975)
Kennebec: 0.85" (1949) Kennebec: 4.0" (1975)
Mobridge: 1.10" (1975) Mobridge: 11.2" (1975)
Pierre: 0.81" (1931) Pierre: 7.8" (1975)
Sisseton: 1.39" (1937) Sisseton: 11.0" (1937)
Timber Lake: 0.78" (1975) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1975)
Watertown: 0.97" (2009) Watertown: 5.0" (1975)
Wheaton: 1.40" (1975) Wheaton: 8.0" (1991)


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