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October 19, 1982:

An early fall snowstorm dropped 3 to 12 inches of wet snow over the southeastern corner of South Dakota. The wet snow combined with the gusty winds of 20 to 40 mph dropped wind chills to around zero. Numerous trees snapped downing power lines. Power outages were extensive from Vermillion to Mitchell. Thunder rumbled and lightning flashed amidst the height of the snowstorm. Almost a foot of snow fell in northern Union and southern Lincoln counties. High wind gusts knocked out television and radio transmitters in Sioux Falls. The weight of the snow collapsed a panel on the covered stadium at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 86 (1958) Aberdeen: 10 (1917)
Kennebec: 92 (1958) Kennebec: 7 (1917)
Mobridge: 89 (1914) Mobridge: 13 (1960)
Pierre: 87 (1955) Pierre: 17 (1960)
Sisseton: 88 (2003) Sisseton: 12 (1972)
Timber Lake: 87 (1927) Timber Lake: 12 (1960)
Watertown: 85 (2003) Watertown: 13 (1972)
Wheaton: 89 (2003) Wheaton: 10 (1972)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.50" (1908) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1905)
Kennebec: 0.72" (1982) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1916)
Mobridge: 3.23" (1908) Mobridge: 0.8" (1932)
Pierre: 1.23" (1908)
Sisseton: 1.34" (1984) Sisseton: 2.0" (1976)
Timber Lake: 2.02" (1983) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1932)
Watertown: 0.79" (1984) Watertown: 1.3" (1982)
Wheaton: 1.93" (1984)


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