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 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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May 1, 1959:

Aberdeen recorded a high temperature of 102, which is the earliest date that Aberdeen reached 100 degrees.

May 1, 1967:

The latest blizzard ever record for South Dakota ended on this day. Snowfall amounts in the west were generally 5 to 12 inches with a 16 inch report in Lemmon and 30 inches in the northern Black Hills. Winds of 40 to 50 mph caused blowing snow which occasionally reduced visibility to near zero and snow drifts of 4 to 5 feet. Other snowfall amounts include, 5 inches in Murdo and 6 miles SE of McIntosh; and 4 inches in Timber Lake.

May 1, 1997:

Heavy rains of 1.5 to 2.5 inches with an isolated 4.5 inch report fell over central South Dakota and caused flooding to several creeks, streams, low-lying areas, and roads. This early May rain only aggravated the areas flooded in March and April. Lyman County experienced the most significant flooding where 4.5 inches of rain fell, north of Vivian. Part of a golf course was flooded and some personal property was flooded along with the KOA campground near Kennebec. Some rainfall amounts include, 2.5 inches 7 miles NW of Presho, and 2.01 inches near Stephan.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 102 (1959) Aberdeen: 19 (1961)
Kennebec: 102 (1959) Kennebec: 11 (1906)
Mobridge: 92 (1959) Mobridge: 23 (1961)
Pierre: 98 (1959) Pierre: 22 (1961)
Sisseton: 98 (1959) Sisseton: 24 (1966)
Timber Lake: 92 (1992) Timber Lake: 20 (1950)
Watertown: 95 (1959) Watertown: 18 (1961)
Wheaton: 99 (1959) Wheaton: 21 (1961)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.95" (1949) Aberdeen: 0.3" (1967)
Kennebec: 1.25" (1983) Kennebec: 2.3" (1967)
Mobridge: 2.38" (1972) Mobridge: 1.7" (1967)
Pierre: 2.13" (1972) Pierre: 1.0" (1967)
Sisseton: 1.08" (1935) Sisseton: Trace (2011)
Timber Lake: 1.70" (2008) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1956)
Watertown: 1.77" (1972) Watertown: Trace (2011)
Wheaton: 0.99" (1923) Wheaton: Trace (2011)


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