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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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March 27, 1993:

Rain and a rapid snowmelt caused the Big Sioux and Vermillion Rivers to rise to 1 to 8 feet above flood stage March 26th through March 31st, 1993. The worst of the flooding occurred in far southeast South Dakota where large areas of farmland were under water. The floodwaters closed at least 4 state highways in southeast South Dakota and blocked dozens of smaller roads in the east. Large chunks of ice on the Big Sioux led to many temporary ice jams. The ice jams took out fences and washed out roads. In some areas the ice had to be pushed off of the roads with tractors.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1946) Aberdeen: -12 (1913)
Kennebec: 89 (1988) Kennebec: -10 (1913)
Mobridge: 84 (1946) Mobridge: -5 (1913)
Pierre: 87 (1988) Pierre: 4 (1970)
Sisseton: 78 (1946) Sisseton: 0 (1955)
Timber Lake: 84 (1946) Timber Lake: -4 (1931)
Watertown: 76 (1946) Watertown: -4 (1913)
Wheaton: 66 (1968) Wheaton: 0 (1955)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.81" (1975) Aberdeen: 7.2" (1975)
Kennebec: 1.80" (2004) Kennebec: 10.0" (1975)
Mobridge: 1.10" (1975) Mobridge: 11.2" (1975)
Pierre: 1.40" (2004) Pierre: 2.0" (1995)
Sisseton: 1.27" (1995) Sisseton: 8.0" (1984)
Timber Lake: 0.91" (1950) Timber Lake: 9.0" (1950)
Watertown: 1.90" (1921) Watertown: 6.0" (1921)
Wheaton: 1.00" (1975) Wheaton: 6.0" (1975)


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