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 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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October 7, 1970:

On October 7th through the 9th, 1970 a record breaking early season snow storm hit parts of southern South Dakota. Snowfall of 5 to 9 inches was common across the southwest and south central on the 7th. Late on October 8th and into the 9th of 1970 the southeast portion of the state was hit. Vermillion received 6 inches of snow on the 9th and that is the largest amount ever recorded there for so early in the season. The 5 inches that fell in Sioux Falls is the earliest significant snow on record for the area. The heavy snows also affected portions of western Iowa and western Minnesota. Amounts of up to 7 inches were recorded in northwest Iowa. The heavy, wet snow snapped many tree branches and downed power lines. Sioux city recorded their heaviest snow for so early in the season. The snow was very wet and heavy, but melted quickly over the next several days.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 88 (2006) Aberdeen: 14 (1952)
Kennebec: 95 (1942) Kennebec: 15 (2000)
Mobridge: 91 (1956) Mobridge: 19 (2000)
Pierre: 91 (2003) Pierre: 20 (2000)
Sisseton: 88 (2003) Sisseton: 16 (1976)
Timber Lake: 86 (2010) Timber Lake: 14 (2000)
Watertown: 86 (2003) Watertown: 15 (1952)
Wheaton: 91 (1993) Wheaton: 21 (1976)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.13" (1977) Aberdeen: 3.3" (1970)
Kennebec: 1.28" (1946) Kennebec: 9.0" (1970)
Mobridge: 0.88" (1977) Mobridge: 2.9" (1946)
Pierre: 1.14" (1946) Pierre: 3.0" (1970)
Sisseton: 1.50" (1977)
Timber Lake: 1.14" (1994) Timber Lake: 4.5" (1946)
Watertown: 1.58" (1977) Watertown: 2.5" (1970)
Wheaton: 1.48" (1949) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.