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 29 January 1780 → On the coldest morning of an already severe winter, the mercury dipped to -16 at New York City, and bottomed out at -20 in Hartford. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
 29 January 1921 → Hurricane force winds, with tree-top level gusts estimated to 150 mph, raked the Pacific Northwest during the "Olympic Blowdown." Surface wind gusts along the Washington coast were measured at speeds over 100 mph, and several billion board feet of timber were felled.
 29 January 1951 → The greatest winter storm in the history of Nashville, TN shut the city down until February 5th under a heavy coating of both ice and snow (accompanied by frigid temperatures).

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May 12, 1984:

An F3 tornado wiped out seven farms, crippled fifteen others, killed livestock and scattered several cars and machinery in its path. The tornado first touched down seven miles north and one mile east of Clark and moved southeast through the southwestern sections of Henry until it dissipated at Grover in Codington County. Hail, three quarters inch on up to four inches was common in and near the tornado path. The path of destruction began on a farm where two barns, a steel grain bin and a pole barn were demolished and machinery was damaged. As the tornado moved further southeast, it struck the southwest sections of Henry and split into two tornados that moved in two different directions. One went to the northeast that inflicted no damaged and dissipated, while the other went southeast that continued its destruction path to Grover. Small hail, accumulation to fifteen inches deep, was experienced at Henry and tornado damage included broken windows, numerous homes and three trailer homes were demolished. Along the path, 80 power poles and several miles of power lines were lost, affecting the power to over 1,000 people. A small plane, southwest of Garden City was wrapped around a pole.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 90 (1900) Aberdeen: 17 (1946)
Kennebec: 95 (1894) Kennebec: 21 (1946)
Mobridge: 90 (1958) Mobridge: 18 (1943)
Pierre: 88 (1977) Pierre: 22 (1943)
Sisseton: 89 (1991) Sisseton: 19 (1946)
Timber Lake: 93 (1915) Timber Lake: 15 (1943)
Watertown: 87 (1900) Watertown: 19 (1946)
Wheaton: 90 (1991) Wheaton: 22 (1923)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.86" (2011) Aberdeen: 2.0" (1943)
Kennebec: 1.60" (2005)
Mobridge: 1.28" (2005)
Pierre: 1.10" (1920)
Sisseton: 2.20" (1998) Sisseton: 1.5" (1953)
Timber Lake: 1.60" (2005)
Watertown: 2.57" (1963) Watertown: 0.1" (1953)
Wheaton: 1.65" (1998)


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