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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 15, 1968:

An F5 tornado moved through Butler, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, and Howard Counties in northeast Iowa. The tornado moved northeast from north of Hansell, passing east of Aredale and Marble Rock, before devastating Charles City. The tornado grew larger and more intense as it approached Charles City. The huge funnel passed directly through town, destroying 337 homes, and causing about $30 million in damage. The tornado continued to the northeast hitting Elma and it caused another $1.5 million in damages. From there the tornado turned to the north and dissipated south of Chester, 4 miles south of the Minnesota border. Nearly 2000 homes were damaged or destroyed. All 13 deaths occurred in Floyd County. 450 injuries were reported in Floyd County and 12 injuries in Howard County. Another F5 tornado moved north-northeast from southwest of Oelwein to Maynard and east of Randalia in Fayette County, IA. Homes were leveled and swept away in both Oelwein and Maynard. The warning sirens sounded for only 15 seconds before power failed in Oelwein. Nearly 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed along the path, and 34 people had to be hospitalized. Almost 1,000 families were affected. In addition to these F5 tornadoes, an F2 tornado touched down 6 miles south of Cresco, IA and two weak F1 tornadoes touched down in Dodge County, MN. Also, baseball size hail fell in Fayette County, IA.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1931) Aberdeen: 23 (2014)
Kennebec: 98 (1894) Kennebec: 18 (1959)
Mobridge: 94 (1931) Mobridge: 27 (1959)
Pierre: 96 (1936) Pierre: 25 (2014)
Sisseton: 100 (1934) Sisseton: 21 (1959)
Timber Lake: 92 (1936) Timber Lake: 22 (1940)
Watertown: 96 (1894) Watertown: 23 (1959)
Wheaton: 96 (2001) Wheaton: 25 (1921)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1991) Aberdeen: 0.5" (1929)
Kennebec: 1.00" (1943)
Mobridge: 1.60" (1916)
Pierre: 0.70" (1908)
Sisseton: 1.41" (1965)
Timber Lake: 1.72" (1991) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1929)
Watertown: 1.45" (1962)
Wheaton: 2.40" (1947)


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