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October 3, 1985:

High winds of 60 to 75 mph occurred across much of western South Dakota from the late afternoon of the 3rd into the early morning hours of the 4th. The strong winds blew down power lines and caused power outages for many locations in the Black Hills. The strong winds uprooted trees in Rapid City and blew the roof off of a barn near Newell in Butte County.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 95 (1922) Aberdeen: 20 (1894)
Kennebec: 96 (1922) Kennebec: 21 (1902)
Mobridge: 94 (1938) Mobridge: 26 (1989)
Pierre: 96 (1938) Pierre: 28 (1950)
Sisseton: 90 (1938) Sisseton: 20 (1936)
Timber Lake: 92 (1938) Timber Lake: 26 (1950)
Watertown: 90 (1938) Watertown: 20 (1989)
Wheaton: 93 (1922) Wheaton: 22 (1989)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.80" (1915) Aberdeen: 0.2" (1999)
Kennebec: 0.62" (1926)
Mobridge: 1.06" (1940)
Pierre: 0.87" (1951)
Sisseton: 1.14" (1940)
Timber Lake: 1.60" (1966) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1999)
Watertown: 1.70" (1990)
Wheaton: 1.85" (1951)


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