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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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October 12, 1918:

Forest fires ravaged parts of Minnesota from the Duluth area northeastward, claiming the lives of 600 people. Smoke spread to Albany NY and Washington D.C. in 24 hours. Smoke was noted at Charleston SC on the 14th, and by the 15th was reported in northeastern Texas.

October 12, 1962:

A Columbus Day windstorm occurred in the Pacific Northwest. It was probably the most damaging windstorm of record west of the Cascade Mountains. Winds reached hurricane force, with gusts above 100 mph. More than 3.5 billion board feet of timber was blown down, and communications were severely disrupted due to downed power lines. The storm claimed 48 lives, and caused 210 million dollars damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1956) Aberdeen: 11 (1917)
Kennebec: 92 (1995) Kennebec: 7 (1917)
Mobridge: 90 (1956) Mobridge: 13 (1917)
Pierre: 93 (1956) Pierre: 21 (1946)
Sisseton: 85 (1996) Sisseton: 17 (1980)
Timber Lake: 87 (1956) Timber Lake: 18 (1946)
Watertown: 84 (1934) Watertown: 12 (1917)
Wheaton: 85 (1956) Wheaton: 16 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.20" (1898) Aberdeen: 1.0" (2009)
Kennebec: 1.19" (1997) Kennebec: 3.0" (1969)
Mobridge: 0.88" (2008) Mobridge: 0.8" (2009)
Pierre: 1.86" (1997) Pierre: 0.7" (2009)
Sisseton: 1.12" (1973)
Timber Lake: 1.50" (1997) Timber Lake: 0.8" (2009)
Watertown: 1.81" (1943) Watertown: 3.0" (1959)
Wheaton: 1.47" (1997) Wheaton: 0.6" (1932)


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