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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 23, 1995:

A major fall storm hit Central and Northeast South Dakota and dropped from four inches to one foot of wet snow. The heavy wet snow combined with strong winds gusting up to 50 mph snapped several thousand power poles and downed hundreds of miles of line in the counties of Buffalo, Hand, Spink, Roberts and Grant. In Day and Lyman Counties, a few poles were downed with some short lived power outages. Marshall County had no reports of damage or power outages. Several thousand people were left without power for several hours up to several days. Power was not restored to some people until the fourth of November. Portions of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29 were closed from the evening of the 23rd until the morning of the 24th leaving hundreds of motorists stranded. There were also numerous school delays and closings. Many trees and some crops were also damaged as a result of the weight of the snow and high winds. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches near Reliance, at Doland, and near Victor, 5 inches southeast of Stephan and at Sisseton, 6 inches south of Ree Heights and at Eden, eight inches at Waubay and Grenville, 9 inches at Clear Lake, 10 inches at Watertown, and 12 inches at Summit and Milbank. This was the third damaging storm to the rural electric cooperatives this year and has been called the worst natural disaster in the history of the rural electrics. Total damage estimate for the state rural electrics was $9.5 million.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 80 (1963) Aberdeen: 5 (1895)
Kennebec: 85 (1963) Kennebec: 2 (1917)
Mobridge: 78 (1927) Mobridge: 8 (1917)
Pierre: 85 (1973) Pierre: 15 (1981)
Sisseton: 82 (1963) Sisseton: 10 (1936)
Timber Lake: 78 (1963) Timber Lake: 10 (1981)
Watertown: 79 (1927) Watertown: 6 (1917)
Wheaton: 81 (1963) Wheaton: 10 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.87" (1947) Aberdeen: 0.5" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.70" (1995) Kennebec: 7.0" (1995)
Mobridge: 0.49" (1943) Mobridge: 0.1" (1980)
Pierre: 0.66" (1975) Pierre: 1.5" (1995)
Sisseton: 1.10" (1995) Sisseton: 4.0" (1995)
Timber Lake: 0.73" (2004)
Watertown: 1.06" (1995) Watertown: 10.4" (1995)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1957)


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