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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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November 17, 1971:

Snow generally fell off and on from the 16th through the 18th along a line from west central Minnesota to north central Minnesota. A series of weak low pressure waves moving northeast generally along a Sioux City to Rochester line caused heavy snow of more than 4 inches in a narrow band from Morris to Alexandria, then the snow band widened to 100 miles from Park Rapids northeast into Canada. This, being the first heavy snow of the season, caused increased vehicle accidents and also delayed harvesting of some soybeans and corn in west central Minnesota. Milbank received 3 inches of snow, while Wheaton went from no snow on the ground on the 15th to reporting eight inches on the morning of the 17th.

November 17, 1986:

Three to six inches of snow fell across eastern South Dakota on the 17th and 18th with the heaviest amount reported in Sisseton. The snow made many roads slippery. Numerous accidents occurred in the southeast part of the state. The slick roads were a factor in the vehicle death of a woman on Interstate 29, near Beresford in Lincoln County. Browns Valley reported four inches of snow, and Milbank reported 7 inches.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 72 (1953) Aberdeen: -8 (1959)
Kennebec: 79 (1953) Kennebec: -8 (1959)
Mobridge: 73 (1953) Mobridge: -1 (1955)
Pierre: 74 (1953) Pierre: -7 (1959)
Sisseton: 74 (1953) Sisseton: -5 (1959)
Timber Lake: 70 (1953) Timber Lake: -8 (1959)
Watertown: 67 (1953) Watertown: -6 (1959)
Wheaton: 75 (1953) Wheaton: -4 (1959)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.11" (1952) Aberdeen: 2.2" (1937)
Kennebec: 1.83" (1952) Kennebec: 4.5" (1952)
Mobridge: 0.33" (1918) Mobridge: 2.4" (1971)
Pierre: 0.65" (1952) Pierre: 5.7" (1952)
Sisseton: 0.59" (1952) Sisseton: 3.5" (1969)
Timber Lake: 0.23" (1994) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1996)
Watertown: 1.40" (1958) Watertown: 8.0" (1958)
Wheaton: 0.37" (1968) Wheaton: 1.0" (1968)"


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