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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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October 18, 1989:

Unseasonably cold air began to invade the central and eastern U.S. Light snow fell across northern Maine, and snow was also reported in the Great Lakes Region, including the Chicago area. Bismarck, North Dakota was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 9 degrees above zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high readings for the date, as temperatures warmed above 80 degrees. Miami, Florida reported a record high of 90 degrees.

October 18, 2005:

With the formation of Hurricane Wilma, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season tied the record for the most named storms for any season (21 storms in 1933), and also tied the record for the most hurricanes in a single season (12 in 1969). Wilma peaked at category-5 intensity on the 19th, with a minimum central pressure falling to 882 millibars (26.05 inches of mercury), the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma also became the most rapidly-intensifying storm on record, with a maximum-sustained surface wind speed increase of 105 mph in a 24-hour period.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (2005) Aberdeen: 12 (1930)
Kennebec: 88 (2003) Kennebec: 10 (1916)
Mobridge: 86 (1914) Mobridge: 13 (1930)
Pierre: 90 (2000) Pierre: 18 (1972)
Sisseton: 84 (1953) Sisseton: 14 (1972)
Timber Lake: 82 (1914) Timber Lake: 15 (1930)
Watertown: 80 (1953) Watertown: 13 (1972)
Wheaton: 83 (1914) Wheaton: 11 (1972)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1944) Aberdeen: 2.4" (1976)
Kennebec: 1.05" (2007) Kennebec: 2.0" (2006)
Mobridge: 1.14" (2007) Mobridge: 0.4" (1976)
Pierre: 0.80" (2007) Pierre: 2.0" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.93" (1968) Sisseton: 3.0" (1976)
Timber Lake: 1.45" (1994) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1976)
Watertown: 0.83" (1984) Watertown: 1.1" (1976)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1968) Wheaton: 0.5" (1917)


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