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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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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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