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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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May 2, 1983:

Severe thunderstorms produced 21 tornadoes across the northeastern states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. One tornado even occurred in Ontario, Canada. Of the 21 tornadoes in the United States, 9 were rated F3 and 6 were rated F2. The tornadoes caused 5 deaths.

May 2, 1984:

Strong winds picked up a trailer home northwest of the Pierre Airport and hurled it through the air, smashing it to the ground 50 yards away. The upper sections of a home were damaged by the air borne trailer. Several branches and shed roofs were also damaged nearby.

May 2, 2010:

May began with two days of historic rainfall over much of middle Tennessee, with the heaviest swath stretching along the I-40 corridor from Benton County to Davidson County. Some areas received nearly 20 inches of rain in this 2-day period, the highest of which was 19.41 inches reported by a CoCoRaHS observer in Camden, TN. Numerous rainfall records were broken at the Nashville International Airport, including the most rain received in a 6 hour period, highest calendar day rainfall, and wettest month, along with several others. Incredibly, the Nashville Airport experienced its wettest and third wettest days in history on back to back days. Many area rivers exceeded their record crest levels, including the Harpeth River near Kingston Springs which rose to 13.8 feet above the previous record. The Cumberland River at Nashville reached its highest level since flood control was implemented in the late 1960s, flooding parts of downtown Nashville. Waters from the Cumberland reached as far inland as 2nd Avenue, flooding many downtown businesses. Forty-nine Tennessee counties were declared disaster areas with damage estimates of between $2 and $3 billion statewide. Many Nashville landmarks received damage from floodwaters, including Gaylord Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry. Other popular Nashville landmarks affected by the floods include LP Field, Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which received damage to the basement and its contents, including two Steinway grand pianos and the console of the Martin Foundation Concert Organ. Over $300 million in Federal Disaster Assistance has been approved for the people of Tennessee.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 90 (1955) Aberdeen: 20 (1909)
Kennebec: 97 (1959) Kennebec: 17 (1909)
Mobridge: 93 (1918) Mobridge: 20 (2011)
Pierre: 92 (1955) Pierre: 23 (1967)
Sisseton: 92 (1955) Sisseton: 22 (1967)
Timber Lake: 89 (1955) Timber Lake: 19 (1967)
Watertown: 89 (1955) Watertown: 17 (1911)
Wheaton: 99 (1959) Wheaton: 21 (1967)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (1899) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1907)
Kennebec: 1.76" (1946) Kennebec: 1.0" (1916)
Mobridge: 1.22" (1964) Mobridge: 0.5" (1954)
Pierre: 1.76" (1964) Pierre: 0.6" (1954)
Sisseton: 0.78" (1946) Sisseton: 9.0" (1935)
Timber Lake: 1.85" (2008) Timber Lake: 1.0" (2008)
Watertown: 0.85" (1941) Watertown: 3.0" (1954)
Wheaton: 1.02" (1935) Wheaton: 4.0" (1954)


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