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 1 February 1951 → One of the worst ice storms ever to hit the United States deposited a glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania. The storm caused 25 deaths, 500 serious injuries, and $100 million damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for up to ten days.
 1 February 1953 → An intense low pressure system swept across the North Sea. Wind speeds at Aberdeen, Scotland exceeded 125 mph. A storm surge of 13 feet breached dams in the Netherlands, flooding 4 million acres, or one-sixth of the country.
 1 February 1972 → A blizzard in Iran ended a four year drought, but a full week of cold and snow caused the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.
 1 February 2011 → An immense blizzard dropped as much as two feet of snow from Tulsa through southwest Missouri, northeast Missouri, central Illinois, northern Illinois, southeastern Wisconsin, to Lower Michigan. The northern suburbs of Chicago received 21 inches, and the Chicago lakefront recorded 70 mph winds!

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May 17, 1902:

An estimated F3 Tornado moved northeast from 6 miles southwest of Mina to just south of Westport, a distance of about 25 miles. A four year old girl was killed in one of two farm houses blown apart in Edmunds County. Three more homes were damaged in Brown County. There were probably two if not three separate tornadoes involved.

May 17, 1937:

A complex of tornadoes and downbursts skipped southeast from near Roslyn and Greenville. This storm also caused $50,000 in damage in downtown Waubay and damaged farm property to about 4 miles west of Gray, Minnesota. About 20 barns were destroyed. Sheep and horses were killed. These events traveled a distance of about 70 miles. The strongest tornado was estimated at F2 strength.

May 17, 1996:

An F1 tornado touched down 20 miles southeast of Wilmot or 5 miles northwest of Ortonville, Minnesota at Schmidts Landing on Big Stone Lake. The roof was ripped off of a house and a garage wall was blown off its foundation. Thee RV's were demolished a trailer was overturned and destroyed. This tornado moved into Big Stone County and intensified. An F3 tornado crossed Big Stone Lake from Roberts County, South Dakota destroying on cabin at the Meadowbrook Resort. It also blew the roof off another cabin, and third cabin was demolished when a tree fell onto it. Several boats on Big Stone Lake were overturned. Approximately 150 buildings sustained damage or were destroyed as the tornado moved northeast across Big Stone County. Southwest of Clinton, a pontoon boat and a camper were destroyed. East of Clinton, a farm lost all buildings with severe damage to their home. Estimated property damage was listed at $1.5 million. A wind gust of 90 mph blew two garage roofs off, destroyed an antenna, blew large trees down, and also a grain dryer was blown down near Dumont, Minnesota.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1934) Aberdeen: 27 (1925)
Kennebec: 106 (1934) Kennebec: 20 (1925)
Mobridge: 100 (1934) Mobridge: 26 (1930)
Pierre: 103 (1934) Pierre: 32 (2002)
Sisseton: 98 (1934) Sisseton: 29 (2002)
Timber Lake: 92 (1970) Timber Lake: 23 (1930)
Watertown: 99 (1934) Watertown: 21 (1925)
Wheaton: 91 (1972) Wheaton: 25 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.81" (1949)
Kennebec: 4.45" (1898)
Mobridge: 1.01" (2005)
Pierre: 1.02" (2000)
Sisseton: 1.30" (1996)
Timber Lake: 1.47" (1942)
Watertown: 1.19" (1961)
Wheaton: 0.59" (1921)


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