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 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 7, 1986:

A major winter storm dumped 10 to 25 inches of snow over most of North Dakota. The snow combined with strong winds of 30 to 50 mph, and gusts to 70 mph, creating blizzard conditions. Snow began over southern and eastern North Dakota on the morning of the 7th, and by late afternoon, had spread over the entire state. The snowfall was heavy at times, and continued through the night of the 7th. In the southeast quarter, the snow alternated with rain, freezing rain, and sleet. By daybreak on the 8th, snow and blowing snow were occurring statewide. By late morning, the storm had intensified into a blizzard over almost all on North Dakota. The blizzard ended over extreme western North Dakota by late afternoon of the 8th, and over the rest of the state that night. The heaviest snowfall occurred over south central and east central North Dakota. The highest wind gusts of the storm occurred in the north central and northeast sections of the state. Several wind gusts to 58 mph were recorded at Grand Forks, and a gust to 55 mph occurring at the Minot Air Force Base. Wind chills dipped to 40 below over some parts of the state. The storm occurred on the opening day of deer hunting season, and forced many hunters to cancel their trips. The storm stranded many motorists and delayed fire-fighting efforts which caused a few homes and buildings burn down. Snowplow activity had to be halted for many hours because of high winds and blowing snow.

November 7, 2000:

Snowfall of 4 to 10 inches combined with northwest winds of 30 to 45 mph, with stronger gusts, to create blizzard conditions throughout much of the day. Numerous schools were cancelled or started late. Many events were also cancelled. Several accidents occurred due to the slick roads and low visibilities. Some storm total snowfall amounts include; 9.5 inches in Selby; 8 inches in Glenham and 12SSW of Harrold; 7.3 inches near Onaka; 7 inches at Faulkton; and 6 inches in Miller.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 73 (2006) Aberdeen: -9 (1991)
Kennebec: 80 (2006) Kennebec: -8 (1991)
Mobridge: 75 (2006) Mobridge: -2 (1991)
Pierre: 79 (2006) Pierre: -3 (1991)
Sisseton: 76 (1931) Sisseton: 1 (2003)
Timber Lake: 77 (1999) Timber Lake: -4 (1991)
Watertown: 70 (1999) Watertown: -6 (1991)
Wheaton: 74 (1931) Wheaton: -6 (1991)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.75" (1946) Aberdeen: 2.8" (1933)
Kennebec: 0.90" (1944) Kennebec: 3.0" (2008)
Mobridge: 0.79" (1944) Mobridge: 6.0" (1986)
Pierre: 0.91" (1944) Pierre: 4.5" (2000)
Sisseton: 0.68" (1943) Sisseton: 4.0" (1943)
Timber Lake: 1.20" (2008) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1986)
Watertown: 1.12" (1944) Watertown: 1.8" (1924)
Wheaton: 1.52" (2008) Wheaton: 0.5 (1924)" is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.