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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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October 11, 1987:

More than thirty cities in the Upper Midwest reported record low temperatures for the date, including Waterloo IA and Scottsbluff NE where the mercury dipped to 16 degrees. Tropical Storm Floyd brought heavy rain to southern Florida, moisture from Hurricane Ramon produced heavy rain in southern California, and heavy snow blanketed the mountains of New York State and Vermont.

October 11, 1989:

Much of the nation enjoyed "Indian Summer" type weather. Nine cities in the central U.S. reported record highs for the date as temperatures warmed into the 80s and 90s. Record highs included 90 degrees at Grand Island NE and 97 degrees at Waco TX. Strong winds along a cold front crossing the Northern High Plains Region gusted to 80 mph at Ames Monument WY during the early morning.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 89 (1910) Aberdeen: 16 (1935)
Kennebec: 97 (1910) Kennebec: 14 (1896)
Mobridge: 90 (1943) Mobridge: 19 (1946)
Pierre: 88 (1943) Pierre: 16 (2009)
Sisseton: 84 (1974) Sisseton: 15 (1935)
Timber Lake: 88 (1943) Timber Lake: 14 (2009)
Watertown: 88 (1934) Watertown: 20 (1959)
Wheaton: 87 (1995) Wheaton: 20 (1919)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.38" (1961) Aberdeen: 0.2" (2009)
Kennebec: 1.30" (1973)
Mobridge: 1.43" (1973) Mobridge: 1.2" (2009)
Pierre: 1.73" (1973) Pierre: 0.5" (2009)
Sisseton: 0.76" (1947)
Timber Lake: 1.15" (1947)
Watertown: 0.65" (2003) Watertown: 0.5" (2006)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1997) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.