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November 25, 1896:

A major blizzard occurred throughout South Dakota, beginning on the 25th and continuing until the 27th. The storm began in most locations as rain and sleet, which turned to snow, accompanied by strong northerly winds. The 26th was the peak of the storm, and the heaviest snow and strongest wind occurred throughout the north, northeast, west and southwest portions of the state. In eastern and southeastern South Dakota, sleet was extraordinarily heavy on the 26th. There were many reports received of large quantities of trees stripped of smaller branches and limbs due to the weight of the sleet. Across the state, telegraph lines were flattened in all directions, and the poles were broken off in many places. Although there was very little loss of livestock in areas with available shelter, there were heavy individual losses on the ranges of South Dakota. Several people also perished on the ranges west of the Missouri River when they became lost in the storm without livestock. Reports of snowfall totals from the storm are very limited, but included 17 inches at Aberdeen and 12 inches at Mellette. This blizzard was the most prominent individual feature in a November that was overall very cold, with a state mean temperature of 16.5 degrees, which was 17.2 degrees below normal at the time. The month still stands as the coldest November on record in Aberdeen, with an average temperature nearly 7 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the next coldest November (1985). The lowest reported temperature during the month was -29 F at Webster. Aberdeen recorded a low of -25 F on the 29th with a high temperature of -8 F that same day. The month currently stands as the snowiest November on record and second snowiest overall month on record for Aberdeen, with 32.8 inches, behind 38.5 inches recorded in February 1915.

November 25, 1985:

Heavy snow fell over the north central part of South Dakota, with the greatest amount of 13 inches reported at Eureka in McPherson County. In the west, snowfall amounts ranged from 2-3 inches. Strong winds, which gusted to 45 mph at times, combined with new snow to produce near blizzard conditions throughout the area. Many roads were drifted shut, resulting in accidents and school closures in the northwest and north central parts of the state. Other storm snowfall totals included 10 inches at Pollock, 8 inches at Leola and Timber Lake, 7 inches at Mobridge and McLaughlin, 6 inches at Aberdeen and eight miles north of Columbia, and 5 inches at Eagle Butte and Wilmot.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 64 (1960) Aberdeen: -22 (1996)
Kennebec: 79 (1960) Kennebec: -7 (2010)
Mobridge: 73 (1960) Mobridge: -10 (1977)
Pierre: 77 (1960) Pierre: -10 (1977)
Sisseton: 68 (1960) Sisseton: -16 (1977)
Timber Lake: 68 (1960) Timber Lake: -16 (1977)
Watertown: 66 (1960) Watertown: -19 (1977)
Wheaton: 64 (1914) Wheaton: -5 (1919)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1896) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1896)
Kennebec: 1.53" (1944) Kennebec: 5.0" (1944)
Mobridge: 0.41" (1944) Mobridge: 7.0" (1985)
Pierre: 0.70" (1944) Pierre: 6.8" (1944)
Sisseton: 0.68" (1934) Sisseton: 5.0" (1993)
Timber Lake: 0.38" (1985) Timber Lake: 6.0" (1985)
Watertown: 0.27" (1959) Watertown: 3.7" (1993)
Wheaton: 0.69" (1993) Wheaton: 8.0" (1993)"


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