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 4 March 1841 → President William Henry Harrison delivered a 100-minute inaugural address in near-freezing temperatures while refusing to wear a coat or hat. Though probably not directly related to the weather on Inauguration Day, he soon became ill, possibly from pneumonia, and died on April 4, only 30 days into his presidency.
 4 March 1899 → The world's highest recorded storm surge occurred at Bathurst Bay, Queensland, Australia when Tropical Cyclone Mahina created a surge 43 feet deep. The storm also caused the largest death toll of any natural disaster in Australian history, with 400 casualties.
 4 March 1909 → The Inauguration ceremony of President William H. Taft was forced indoors due to a blizzard that dropped 10 inches of snow on the Capital. Strong winds toppled trees and telephone poles. All activity was brought to a standstill. It took 6,000 men and 500 wagons to clear 58,000 tons of snow and slush from the parade route. Just after the swearing-in, the snow tapered off.

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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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