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 25 January 1821 → People were able to walk across the frozen Hudson River between Hoboken and New York City. Entrepreneurs sold coffee on the river to warm pedestrians.
 25 January 1956 → About twelve inches of rain fell in an hour at Kilauea, HI. The observer noted, however, that his gauge overflowed several times during the heavy rain (which continued into the following day) and the true total amount may have been even higher.
 25 January 2003 → Three youths at a detention center in the Annapolis Valley, in Nova Scotia, took advantage of record breaking snowfall to escape. A snowbank high enough to climb over a fence in the yard was constructed and then used to escape. One of the three youths was arrested minutes after he escaped. The cold temperatures forced the remaining youths to turn themselves in.
 25 January 2004 → Tornadoes are unusual in Hawaii, but on this date a severe thunderstorm produced a small tornado on Oahu just 7 miles from downtown Honolulu.

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May 22, 1963:

The late spring freeze continued through the early morning hours with many locations reporting lows in the lower 20s. Some low temperatures include: 18 degrees in Andover; 20 degrees in Britton, 4 NW of Gann Valley, Leola and Roscoe; 21 degrees Castlewood, Ipswich, Kennebec, Redfield, 2 NW of Stephen, and 1 west of Summit; 22 degrees in Aberdeen, Eureka, 1 west of Highmore, McLaughlin, and 4 west of Mellette.

May 22, 2010:

An EF2 tornado in eastern Walworth County crossed into western Edmunds County and intensified into a large EF4 tornado as it struck several farms in its path. At the first farm, several large cottonwood trees were uprooted along with damage to several trailers. Three grain bins were also destroyed with debris located several hundred yards to the northeast. The residence suffered some shingle and antenna damage. The tornado then tracked northeast to a second farm where several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed along with widespread tree damage. The main residence at this location suffered no damage. Several grain cars were also rolled about 100 yards into the trees behind the house. The large tornado continued to track northeast to a third farm to the north of Bowdle. The main residence suffered major damage to walls with part of the roof structure removed. Widespread tree damage was sustained with many of the trees completely debarked with only the stumps of the largest branches remaining. Two large garages were completely destroyed with the concrete slab wiped clean. The vehicles in one garage were rolled or tossed from 25 to 100 yards away. It is estimated that one vehicle flew through the air 75 to 100 yards resting in the tree shelter belt to the north of the residence. Several other outbuildings were completely destroyed. The tornado then toppled six to eight metal power transmission towers as it moved to the north of the farm. One tower was sheared off from the concrete footings and traveled an estimated 400 yards. Ground scouring was visible along the path of these towers. The large tornado continued to track east crossing over State Highway 47 where a state radio tower was toppled. The tornado lifted shortly thereafter. The highest wind speeds were estimated to be from 166 to 200 mph.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1928) Aberdeen: 22 (1963)
Kennebec: 96 (1954) Kennebec: 21 (1963)
Mobridge: 91 (1966) Mobridge: 27 (1963)
Pierre: 94 (1966) Pierre: 27 (1963)
Sisseton: 92 (1964) Sisseton: 27 (1963)
Timber Lake: 91 (1967) Timber Lake: 25 (1963)
Watertown: 92 (1964) Watertown: 22 (1931)
Wheaton: 97 (1964) Wheaton: 28 (1963)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.23" (2010)
Kennebec: 1.68" (2007)
Mobridge: 1.15" (1986)
Pierre: 1.98" (2007)
Sisseton: 1.55" (1988)
Timber Lake: 1.74" (2010)
Watertown: 2.48" (1972)
Wheaton: 1.91" (1933)


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