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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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October 9, 1964:

Record cold occurred on this day in 1964 across parts of central and northeast South Dakota with temperatures falling into the mid teens to around 20 degrees at many locations. Sisseton had a record low of 20 degrees, Watertown had a record low of 16 degrees, with Kennebec recording the lowest temperature of 13 degrees on this day in 1964. Although not a record low, Aberdeen fell to 14 degrees.

October 9, 1980:

On this day in 1980, very warm air streamed across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota with highs mostly in the 80s. Record highs were established at Watertown with 86 degrees, and at both Wheaton and Sisseton with 87 degrees. One of the warmest temperatures across the area was 89 degrees at Kennebec.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 86 (1910) Aberdeen: 14 (1964)
Kennebec: 93 (1928) Kennebec: 13 (1964)
Mobridge: 87 (2003) Mobridge: 21 (1956)
Pierre: 89 (2003) Pierre: 22 (1993)
Sisseton: 87 (1980) Sisseton: 20 (1964)
Timber Lake: 86 (1955) Timber Lake: 16 (1993)
Watertown: 86 (1980) Watertown: 16 (1964)
Wheaton: 87 (1980) Wheaton: 15 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.59" (2001) Aberdeen: 0.2" (2009)
Kennebec: 2.00" (1982)
Mobridge: 2.01" (1982) Mobridge: Trace (1932)
Pierre: 2.26" (1982)
Sisseton: 1.73" (1982)
Timber Lake: 2.10" (1982)
Watertown: 1.51" (1982) Watertown: 1.0" (1970)
Wheaton: 1.04" (1947)


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