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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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November 8, 1985:

Heavy snow fell over much of southern South Dakota beginning on the morning of the 8th and continued off and on through the evening of the 10th. Snowfall generally ranged from 5-10 inches over the area, with amounts up to a foot or more in the Black Hills. The greatest amount was 18 inches in the higher elevations of the Black Hills. Strong winds gusting to near 40 mph at times, combined with the snowfall, produced near blizzard conditions during the afternoon of the 9th through the early morning hours on the 10th, in the southwest. Highway 79 from Maverick Junction to Rapid City was closed for thirteen hours during that time. Many accidents were reported over the entire southern portion of the state. Some storm total snowfall amounts include; 16.0 inches near Presho; 11.5 inches in Kennebec; 9.0 inches in Murdo; and 4.0 inches in Timber Lake and near Onida.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 77 (1999) Aberdeen: -3 (1936)
Kennebec: 89 (1999) Kennebec: -7 (1936)
Mobridge: 72 (1917) Mobridge: 4 (1945)
Pierre: 87 (1999) Pierre: 8 (1936)
Sisseton: 77 (2006) Sisseton: 0 (2003)
Timber Lake: 75 (1999) Timber Lake: 0 (2003)
Watertown: 77 (1999) Watertown: 1 (1936)
Wheaton: 77 (1999) Wheaton: 4 (2003)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.30" (1977) Aberdeen: 6.6" (1977)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1977) Kennebec: 8.0" (1985)
Mobridge: 1.14" (1977) Mobridge: 4.6" (1977)
Pierre: 0.94" (1977) Pierre: 6.0" (1985)
Sisseton: 1.10" (1970) Sisseton: 2.0" (1977)
Timber Lake: 0.55" (1977) Timber Lake: 4.5" (1966)
Watertown: 1.50" (1970) Watertown: 2.4" (1983)
Wheaton: 0.98" (1944) Wheaton: 2.0 (1977)"


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