This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 5 March 1821 → Presidential inauguration ceremony of James Monroe: Snow began on the evening of the 3rd making Washington snowbound by the afternoon of Sunday the 4th. Snow continued through Inauguration Day today forcing Monroe to take his oath of office in the House Chambers.
 5 March 1960 → On March 3-5, 1960, eastern Massachusetts received their greatest March snowstorm. The storm produced 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
 5 March 1963 → A plane carrying Patsy Cline, her manager (who was the pilot), and two other country singers flew into severe thunderstorms and crashed into the woods near Camden, TN. All aboard were killed. Patsy Cline was 30 years old at the time of her death.
 5 March 2000 → A huge wildfire threatened areas around Miami, FL, during a severe drought.

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November 16, 1989:

There was massive devastation at the Jones Valley School in Huntsville, Alabama after an F4 tornado plowed through the southern portion of the city. The tornado killed 21 people and injured 463 along its 18.5 mile path. Most of the deaths, injuries, and damage occurred along a one mile segment through a congested business area along Airport Road. At the school, which lost all of its second floor, classed had already let out for the day when the tornado struck, so there were 12 adults and 37 children in the building, all of whom survived by taking refuge on the lower level.

November 16, 1996:

A strong area of low pressure brought 6 to 9 inches of snowfall to most of central and parts of north central South Dakota on the 16th, while widespread freezing rain associated with the warm front of the system, along with 4 to 10 inches of snow, fell in northeast South Dakota. Travel was significantly affected, and a few minor accidents occurred during the storm. Several sporting events and activities were also postponed or cancelled. Strong north winds late on the 16th into early the 17th resulted in near-blizzard conditions across northeast South Dakota. Some storm total snowfall amounts include; 9.0 inches 12SSW of Harrold; 8.5 inches near Highmore; 8.2 inches in Roscoe; 8.0 in Eureka; 7.9 inches near Mellette; 7.0 inches in Waubay; 6.5 inches in Murdo and Redfield; 6.0 inches in Kennebec and Miller; 5.5 inches near Victor; and 5.3 inches in Sisseton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 71 (2001) Aberdeen: -12 (1955)
Kennebec: 76 (2001) Kennebec: -10 (1959)
Mobridge: 69 (1953) Mobridge: -10 (1959)
Pierre: 75 (2001) Pierre: -10 (1959)
Sisseton: 74 (2001) Sisseton: -7 (1959)
Timber Lake: 70 (1939) Timber Lake: -13 (1959)
Watertown: 70 (2001) Watertown: -8 (1959)
Wheaton: 75 (1953) Wheaton: -8 (1932)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.55" (1987) Aberdeen: 5.5" (1987)
Kennebec: 0.30" (1996) Kennebec: 5.0" (1996)
Mobridge: 0.39" (1971) Mobridge: 3.0" (1911)
Pierre: 0.62" (1996) Pierre: 6.2" (1996)
Sisseton: 0.62" (1987) Sisseton: 4.0" (1985)
Timber Lake: 0.50" (1971) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1911)
Watertown: 1.12" (1971) Watertown: 6.0" (1985)
Wheaton: 1.20" (1930) Wheaton: 4.0" (1985)"


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