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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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May 7, 1840:

The second deadliest single tornado in United States history occurred in Natchez, Mississippi. This tornado started in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and moved up the Mississippi, killing 317 people.

May 7, 1896:

A strong, estimated F3 tornado moved northeast from 12 miles SSW of Clark, to 3 miles west of Watertown, to beyond Lake Kampeska. It was estimated to be on the ground for a distance of 30 miles. Near the start of the path, a woman was killed and 10 people were injured in one home. Parts of a home were found up to two miles away. Barns were leveled near Watertown.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1928) Aberdeen: 24 (1982)
Kennebec: 98 (1928) Kennebec: 23 (1976)
Mobridge: 94 (1992) Mobridge: 20 (1929)
Pierre: 95 (1963) Pierre: 23 (1943)
Sisseton: 109 (1934) Sisseton: 26 (1976)
Timber Lake: 92 (1992) Timber Lake: 22 (1943)
Watertown: 89 (1934) Watertown: 21 (1976)
Wheaton: 91 (1916) Wheaton: 24 (1929)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.24" (2000) Aberdeen: 8.0" (1907)
Kennebec: 1.14" (1933) Kennebec: 2.5" (1907)
Mobridge: 1.30" (1927)
Pierre: 1.24" (2000) Pierre: 1.5" (1907)
Sisseton: 1.23" (1993)
Timber Lake: 1.20" (1927) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1950)
Watertown: 1.55" (1978) Watertown: 3.0" (1907)
Wheaton: 0.55" (1932)


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