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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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November 2, 1961:

A snowstorm began in western South Dakota and spread to the remainder of the state on November 2nd, ending late on the 2nd in the extreme east. Snowfall was fairly minimal, with 1 to 3 inches falling over most of the central and eastern parts of the state, but the storm was accompanied by winds of 40 to 50 mph in eastern South Dakota. In addition, temperatures fell rapidly with the passage of a cold front with 24-hour changes of 40 to over 50 degrees. Huron dropped from 73 on the 1st to 21 only 24 hours later, a 52-degree drop.

November 2, 1972:

Freezing rain caused up to 2 inches of ice to form on trees, bushes, wires, cars and buildings. Many trees and utility lines were downed. Some of the greatest damage occurred from Tulare to Redfield and Doland and from Troy to Sisseton, in Spink, Brown, Day, Grant and Roberts Counties. Also, heavy snow up to 20 inches fell in south central South Dakota. Some snowfall amounts include; 5.2 inches in Huron; 10 inches in Wessington Springs; 12 inches in Platte; 12.5 in Bonesteel and 19.5 inches in Gregory.

November 2, 1997:

A strong low pressure system over the Great Lakes produced winds of 50 to near 60 mph over much of northern and central South Dakota. Half of an unsecured double-wide trailer was overturned by the strong winds in Fort Pierre. In McLaughlin, strong winds damaged a catwalk at the McLaughlin livestock auction. Half of the 400-foot walkway was tipped over by the winds. The high winds, along with six-foot waves, destroyed an 85-year old 40 x 75 foot dance hall located by Medicine Lake, 15 miles northwest of Watertown. In Aberdeen, brick from a top portion of an abandoned building collapsed. There were also widespread reports of tree limbs blown down.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 77 (1931) Aberdeen: 0 (1911)
Kennebec: 79 (1964) Kennebec: 1 (1991)
Mobridge: 78 (1917) Mobridge: -1 (1951)
Pierre: 77 (1965) Pierre: 4 (1991)
Sisseton: 79 (1965) Sisseton: -1 (1951)
Timber Lake: 77 (1978) Timber Lake: -6 (1935)
Watertown: 74 (1965) Watertown: 2 (1951)
Wheaton: 75 (1965) Wheaton: 1 (1951)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.30" (1896) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1896)
Kennebec: 1.80" (1956) Kennebec: 2.5" (1936)
Mobridge: 1.46" (1956) Mobridge: 0.8" (1956)
Pierre: 1.77" (1956) Pierre: 2.5" (1936)
Sisseton: 0.56" (1957) Sisseton: 5.0" (1992)
Timber Lake: 1.14" (1956) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1956)
Watertown: 0.84" (1972) Watertown: 4.0" (1961)
Wheaton: 0.97" (1972) Wheaton: 3.0" (1992)


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