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 27 February 1717 → "The Great Snow of 1717," New England's legendary snowstorm, consisted of four storms from today until the 7th of March. The storms killed 95 percent of New England's deer population.
 27 February 1984 → A severe winter storm spread blizzard conditions across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana on the 27th and 28th. 24 inches of snow fell in the Vichy/Rolla area in Missouri. 22 inches was reported in southern Illinois. Winds frequently gusted to 50 mph. Interstate 65 was impassable for several days due to extensive drifting of the snow in Indiana. Thunderstorms were reported which added to the heavy snow amounts.
 27 February 2007 → The world record for 96-hour rainfall was set: 191.70 inches at Cratere Commerson, La Reunion.

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March 30, 1967:

Prolonged strong southerly winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 55 mph, caused areas of blowing dust in eastern South Dakota, reducing visibilities to near-zero. A metal roof on a lumber shed in Vermillion was blown off. The strong winds also piled ice along the shore of Lake Poinsett to heights of 20ft, causing damage to some cabins along the lake shore.

March 30, 2009:

A major winter storm moved across the Northern Rockies and into the Northern Plains producing from 2 to 22 inches of snowfall along with widespread blizzard conditions. Most area schools and events were canceled. Travel was extremely difficult and not advised. Interstate 29 from Watertown to the North Dakota line and Interstate 90 across Jones and Lyman counties were both closed during the storm. There were several vehicle accidents with no serious injuries reported. However, this storm took a toll on area ranchers as calving season was underway. Storm total snowfall amounts included; 6 inches in Blunt, Timber Lake, Gettysburg, and Wilmot; 7 inches in Doland and Pierre; 8 inches in Clark, Clear Lake, Leola, Hosmer, Gettysburg, southeast of McIntosh, and Kennebec; 9 inches south of Bristol, Waubay, and near Chelsea; 10 inches in Eagle Butte and Mobridge; 11 inches in Pollock and Turton. Locations with a foot or more of snowfall included; 12 inches in Aberdeen, Britton, Andover, Sisseton, and Faulkton; 13 inches at Lake Sharpe, Roy Lake, and eight miles southwest of Keldron; 14 inches in Miller, Redfield, and Webster; 15 inches near Highmore and near Columbia; 16 inches southwest of Stratford; 17 inches 14 miles northeast of Isabel; 20 inches in McLaughlin, Ree Heights, and 4 miles northeast of Victor with almost 22 inches northwest of Stephan.

March 30, 2010:

Scattered light rain showers falling into a very dry air mass were responsible for several heat bursts that occurred across central South Dakota from Pierre to Onida during the evening hours of March 30th. Between 853 pm and 1053 pm CDT, observations from the Pierre airport (KPIR) showed a marked increase in temperature (+10F), decrease in dew point temperature (-4F), pressure falls, and gusty surface winds (a peak wind gust of 48 mph). On a farm outside of Pierre, winds were estimated up to 70 mph as some shingles were blown off the roof along with damage to several outbuildings. The Onida airport recorded a peak wind gust of 66 mph in the early evening.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (1943) Aberdeen: -14 (1969)
Kennebec: 90 (1943) Kennebec: -2 (1975)
Mobridge: 77 (1943) Mobridge: 2 (1969)
Pierre: 86 (1978) Pierre: 4 (1975)
Sisseton: 79 (1967) Sisseton: -10 (1975)
Timber Lake: 76 (1999) Timber Lake: 0 (1975)
Watertown: 81 (1943) Watertown: -12 (1969)
Wheaton: 80 (1967) Wheaton: -8 (1969)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.52" (2007) Aberdeen: 2.0" (2009)
Kennebec: 1.65" (2007) Kennebec: 8.0" (1924)
Mobridge: 0.98" (2007) Mobridge: 2.0" (1912)
Pierre: 0.77" (2007) Pierre: 2.1" (1900)
Sisseton: 0.47" (2007) Sisseton: 1.0" (1979)
Timber Lake: 1.27" (2007) Timber Lake: 4.0" (2009)
Watertown: 0.27" (1993) Watertown: 1.0" (1949)
Wheaton: 1.16" (1933) Wheaton: T (1995)


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