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 29 January 1780 → On the coldest morning of an already severe winter, the mercury dipped to -16 at New York City, and bottomed out at -20 in Hartford. New York Harbor was frozen for five weeks, allowing a heavy cannon to be taken across the ice to fortify the British on Staten Island.
 29 January 1921 → Hurricane force winds, with tree-top level gusts estimated to 150 mph, raked the Pacific Northwest during the "Olympic Blowdown." Surface wind gusts along the Washington coast were measured at speeds over 100 mph, and several billion board feet of timber were felled.
 29 January 1951 → The greatest winter storm in the history of Nashville, TN shut the city down until February 5th under a heavy coating of both ice and snow (accompanied by frigid temperatures).

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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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