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 25 December 1974Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia. Winds gusted up to 135 mph, even though it was the smallest hurricane-strength tropical cyclone on record with a diameter of only 60 miles, and gale force winds only extending 30 miles out from the center. At least 65 lives were claimed.
 25 December 2004 → It was New Orleans' first (and, so far, only) Christmas with measurable snowfall, with half an inch of snow. It was also their fourth heaviest snow on record.
 25 December 2011 → Tennis ball sized hail, flash flooding, and two tornadoes struck west of Melbourne, Australia. Also, the South Pole experienced its warmest temperature on record: 10 degrees.

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November 11, 1982:

Wet snow and winds gusting to over 50 mph snapped almost a thousand power lines and poles. Snowfall amounts were generally 4 to 6 inches but ranged to nearly a foot or more in Brookings County. Wind Gusts of 75 mph were recorded in McCook County. Several semi trucks jack knifed on ice covered roads and numerous other automobile accidents were also reported.

November 11, 2000:

Heavy snow of 6 to 14 inches fell across central and northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota on November 11th and 12th, causing extensive driving difficulties throughout the region. Many vehicles became stuck in the snow or slid into ditches. There were also several accidents and many events were cancelled. Some snowfall amounts include; 14.0 inches in Miller; 13.8 inches near Mellette; 12.5 inches in Highmore; 11.5 inches near Iona; 11 inches in Wilmot; 10 inches in Aberdeen, near Bryant, and Artichoke Lake MN; 9.5 inches in Clark; and 9.0 inches in Clear Lake, near Onida, and Webster.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 68 (1937) Aberdeen: -8 (1966)
Kennebec: 76 (2005) Kennebec: -13 (1986)
Mobridge: 71 (2005) Mobridge: -6 (1911)
Pierre: 74 (1937) Pierre: -8 (1986)
Sisseton: 68 (1937) Sisseton: 2 (1950)
Timber Lake: 70 (2005) Timber Lake: -6 (1986)
Watertown: 67 (2005) Watertown: -6 (1966)
Wheaton: 72 (1954) Wheaton: -2 (1986)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.50" (1915) Aberdeen: 4.3" (2000)
Kennebec: 0.80" (1919) Kennebec: 8.0" (1919)
Mobridge: 0.10" (2000) Mobridge: 1.5" (2000)
Pierre: 0.21" (2000) Pierre: 4.0" (2000)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1932) Sisseton: 6.0" (1932)
Timber Lake: 0.12" (1979) Timber Lake: 2.0" (2000)
Watertown: 0.79" (1949) Watertown: 4.0" (2000)
Wheaton: 0.65" (1970) Wheaton: 3.0 (2002)"


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