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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 20, 1987:

Cold arctic air invaded the Upper Midwest, and squalls in the Lake Superior snowbelt produced heavy snow in eastern Ashland County and northern Iron County of Wisconsin. Totals ranged up to 18 inches at Mellen. In the western U.S., the record high of 69 degrees at Seattle WA was their twenty-fifth of the year, their highest number of record highs for any given year. Bakersfield CA reported a record 146 days in a row with daily highs 80 degrees or above.

October 20, 1989:

Forty-nine cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the south central and southeastern U.S. Lows of 32 degrees at Lake Charles, Louisiana and 42 degrees at Lakeland, Florida were records for October, and Little Rock, Arkansas reported their earliest freeze of record. Snow blanketed the higher elevations of Georgia and the Carolinas. Melbourne, Florida dipped to 47 degrees shortly before midnight to surpass the record low established that morning. Showers and thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of the northeastern U.S. Autumn leaves on the ground clogged drains and ditches causing flooding. Up to 4.10 inches of rain soaked southern Vermont in three days. Flood waters washed 600 feet of railroad track, resulting in a train derailment.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1947) Aberdeen: 12 (1930)
Kennebec: 94 (1947) Kennebec: 6 (1905)
Mobridge: 87 (1914) Mobridge: 14 (1916)
Pierre: 92 (1947) Pierre: 19 (2011)
Sisseton: 84 (1953) Sisseton: 14 (1952)
Timber Lake: 86 (1947) Timber Lake: 12 (1930)
Watertown: 84 (1947) Watertown: 13 (1916)
Wheaton: 84 (1978) Wheaton: 17 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.50" (1908) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1898)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1906) Kennebec: 2.0" (1936)
Mobridge: 0.94" (1963) Mobridge: 3.0" (1936)
Pierre: 2.20" (1906) Pierre: 0.6" (1898)
Sisseton: 0.79" (1963)
Timber Lake: 0.73" (1963) Timber Lake: 6.0" (1951)
Watertown: 2.50" (1906) Watertown: 1.0" (1916)
Wheaton: 1.23" (1934) Wheaton: 0.5" (1917)


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