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 31 July 1861 → The world record for one-year rainfall was set: 1,042 inches at Cherrapunji, India.
 31 July 1964 → Country singer "Gentleman Jim" Reeves flew his single-engine Beechcraft plane into a thunderstorm near Brentwood, TN. The plane crashed, killing Reeves and his manager. Reeves was 40 years old at the time of the crash.
 31 July 1976 → A stationary thunderstorm produced more than 10 inches of rain which funneled into the narrow Thompson River Canyon of northeastern Colorado. A mass of water 20 feet high and traveling at 50 mph wreaked a 25 mile path of destruction from Estes Park to Loveland. 144 people were killed, mostly in vehicles. Ten miles of U.S. Highway 34 were totally destroyed.
 31 July 1993 → Alabama finished its hottest July on record since 1879, while receiving less than half the normal rainfall. Meanwhile, the Great Flood of 1993 was reaching its peak in the Midwest and was eventually responsible for 48 deaths and $23.1 billion in damage.

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November 6, 1959:

A strong cold front that brought near blizzard conditions and cold temperatures in the 5th continued to bring record or near record lows during the morning hours. Some low temperatures include;-13 in Murdo; -12 in Eureka; -11 in Britton; -10 in Castlewood;-9 near McIntosh and Redfield; -8 in Andover; -7 in Clear Lake and Kennebec; -6 degrees in Aberdeen; -5 in Watertown; and -4 in Pierre.

November 6, 2005:

The deadliest tornado to strike Indiana since April 3, 1974, occurred around 2 am. Twenty four fatalities, 238 injuries, and nearly 90 million dollars in damage were inflicted by a single F3 tornado with a path length of 41 miles. This tornado moved in a northeasterly direction from just north of Smith Mills Kentucky to Gentryville, Indiana and crossed the Ohio River three times. Most of the damage occurred as the tornado past southeast of the city of Evansville, Indiana.

November 6, 2008:

A strong area of low pressure moving across South Dakota and into Minnesota brought widespread rain, freezing rain, and snow to central, north central, and northeast South Dakota. Much of the freezing fell across central and north central South Dakota west of the Missouri River. As the freezing rain changed over to snow and the winds increased, the ice and snow buildup on the power lines and poles caused hundreds of power poles to break across Jones, Stanley, Dewey, and Corson counties. East of the Missouri River, the colder air and stronger winds moved in changing the rain over to snow. Strong winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts near 60 mph brought widespread blizzard conditions to all of the area. Ice buildup from the freezing rain ranged from a tenth to as much as an inch for counties west of the Missouri River. Snowfall amounts across the entire area generally ranged from 2 to 8 inches with a 15 inch amount recorded in southwest Corson County. Some of the snowfall amounts included; 3 inches in Eagle Butte, Blunt, Kennebec, Mission Ridge, and Onida; 4 inches in Pollock, Gettysburg, and Bowdle; 5 inches south of Harrold, Iona, and near McIntosh; 6 inches in Mobridge; 7 inches in Murdo; 8 inches in McLaughlin, and 15 inches southwest of Keldron. All 4,600 customers of the Moreau-Grand Electric Company lost power due to the storm. The last time this occurred was during the winter of 1967-68. The monetary loss to this cooperative and other electric cooperatives for Jones, Stanley, Corson, and Dewey counties was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. There were over 100 line workers working countless hours with crews coming as far away as Nebraska and Iowa to assist in the power recovery. Over 1,000 customers were without power for an extended period of time. Cell phone coverage was also knocked out for parts of the West River area due to downed towers. The blizzard resulted in numerous school, business, and road closures along with flight cancellations. Interstate 90 was shut down from Mitchell, South Dakota to the Wyoming border from Thursday the 6th until Friday evening of the 7th. Many semi trucks and cars were stranded along the Interstate with many people being rescued. Many travels took shelter in Murdo, Chamberlain, and Pierre until the Interstate reopened. There were several accidents across the area with a serious accident in Walworth County on Highway 83 near the Potter County line. In the early afternoon hours of Friday the 7th, slippery roads, high winds, and low visibilities contributed to the rollover of a passenger van carrying seven students. The passenger van rolled several times causing serious injuries to three of the students. The Governor declared a state of emergency on the 7th, and President Bush declared South Dakota a disaster area.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 75 (1909) Aberdeen: -8 (1991)
Kennebec: 84 (1909) Kennebec: -7 (1959)
Mobridge: 76 (1916) Mobridge: -8 (1959)
Pierre: 76 (1934) Pierre: -4 (1959)
Sisseton: 70 (1975) Sisseton: 0 (1935)
Timber Lake: 73 (2009) Timber Lake: -8 (1959)
Watertown: 74 (1909) Watertown: -5 (1959)
Wheaton: 74 (1975) Wheaton: -2 (1991)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.70" (1936) Aberdeen: 7.5" (1936)
Kennebec: 0.52" (1947) Kennebec: 6.0" (1947)
Mobridge: 0.45" (2008) Mobridge: 6.0" (2008)
Pierre: 0.73" (1946) Pierre: 1.9" (1947)
Sisseton: 0.55" (2008) Sisseton: 4.0" (1943)
Timber Lake: 0.23" (1962) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1943)
Watertown: 1.00" (2008) Watertown: 5.0" (2008)
Wheaton: 0.42" (1943) Wheaton: 0.0"


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