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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 13, 1966:

Late season thunderstorms brought hail and strong winds to southeast South Dakota causing extensive damage to some soybean fields. The greatest damage was in the Garretson area. The strong winds also damaged many utility lines along with a number of farm structures damaged. Lightning struck a church at Lake Andes and it was destroyed by fire. The storms occurred from late on the 13th to the morning of the 14th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1958) Aberdeen: 10 (1909)
Kennebec: 91 (1968) Kennebec: 11 (1909)
Mobridge: 89 (1958) Mobridge: 20 (1937)
Pierre: 90 (1962) Pierre: 18 (1979)
Sisseton: 88 (1934) Sisseton: 18 (1937)
Timber Lake: 85 (1958) Timber Lake: 19 (1979)
Watertown: 85 (1958) Watertown: 13 (1907)
Wheaton: 84 (1995) Wheaton: 9 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.77" (1984) Aberdeen: 0.2" (1997)
Kennebec: 0.72" (2008) Kennebec: 0.5" (1969)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1940)
Pierre: 0.60" (1954)
Sisseton: 1.55" (1943) Sisseton: 1.3" (1902)
Timber Lake: 0.30" (1956) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1997)
Watertown: 0.64" (1981)
Wheaton: 1.82" (1943) Wheaton: 1.0" (2009)


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