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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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November 15, 1988:

A mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow fell from north central South Dakota into west central Minnesota before changing over to all snow by the afternoon of the 15th. Snow continued across Minnesota during the morning hours on the 16th, along with increasing winds. The strong winds and snow created near zero visibilities due to blowing snow in northwest and west central Minnesota. A 60 mph wind gust was recorded in Morris, MN. Snow and blowing snow blocked roads, caused power outages and closed schools. Snow in many locations accumulated over a sheet of ice that coated roads from preceding rainfall.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 72 (1953) Aberdeen: -8 (1900)
Kennebec: 78 (1953) Kennebec: -3 (1916)
Mobridge: 76 (1953) Mobridge: -5 (1955)
Pierre: 74 (1953) Pierre: -2 (1955)
Sisseton: 74 (1953) Sisseton: -3 (1932)
Timber Lake: 73 (1953) Timber Lake: -7 (1932)
Watertown: 71 (1953) Watertown: -5 (1932)
Wheaton: 71 (1953) Wheaton: -7 (1932)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.67" (1947) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1947)
Kennebec: 0.92" (1957) Kennebec: 4.0" (1956)
Mobridge: 0.40" (1958) Mobridge: 2.0" (1988)
Pierre: 0.50" (1957) Pierre: 2.8" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.80" (1947) Sisseton: 6.0" (1947)
Timber Lake: 0.48" (1958) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1911)
Watertown: 0.33" (1947) Watertown: 4.9" (1947)
Wheaton: 0.50" (1947) Wheaton: 4.5" (1926)"


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