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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 24, 1989:

A storm in the western U.S. produced up to three feet of snow in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, with 21 inches reported at Donner Summit. Thunderstorms in northern California produced 3.36 inches of rain at Redding to establish a 24 hour record for October, and bring their rainfall total for the month to a record 5.11 inches. Chiefly "Indian Summer" type weather prevailed across the rest of the nation. Fifteen cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 70s and 80s. Record highs included 74 degrees at International Falls, Minnesota and 86 degrees at Yankton, South Dakota. Record highs also occurred across parts of central and northeast South Dakota. The record highs were 80 degrees at Mobridge and Sisseton, 83 degrees at Aberdeen, and 84 degrees at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1989) Aberdeen: 6 (1917)
Kennebec: 87 (1948) Kennebec: 6 (2002)
Mobridge: 80 (1989) Mobridge: 12 (1917)
Pierre: 84 (1989) Pierre: 15 (1987)
Sisseton: 80 (1989) Sisseton: 15 (1955)
Timber Lake: 81 (1978) Timber Lake: 11 (1987)
Watertown: 80 (1989) Watertown: 9 (1917)
Wheaton: 79 (1978) Wheaton: 17 (1955)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.47" (1975) Aberdeen: 1.9" (1975)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1975)
Mobridge: 0.33" (1953) Mobridge: 0.4" (1981)
Pierre: 0.93" (1975)
Sisseton: 0.97" (1975) Sisseton: 0.2" (2001)
Timber Lake: 0.21" (1953)
Watertown: 0.54" (1975) Watertown: 0.3" (1981)
Wheaton: 1.06" (1995) Wheaton: 5.0" (1919)

Note: All precipitation records are from 1932 to the present


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