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October 26, 1919:

Record cold occurred across the area on this day in 1919. Temperatures fell below zero at many locations across central and northeast South Dakota and into west central Minnesota. The record lows were 3 degrees below zero at Aberdeen, 4 degrees below zero at Wheaton, 5 degrees below zero at Kennebec, 8 degrees below zero southeast of McIntosh, and a much below normal low of 10 degrees below zero at Miller.

October 26, 2010:

A record breaking surface low pressure area moved across the Northern Plains and brought high winds to all of central and northeast South Dakota from the early morning of the 26th into the early evening of the 27th. Sustained northwest winds of 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 60 to 75 mph caused scattered property damage across the region along with blowing several vehicles off the road. Along with the high winds came snowfall of 1 to 5 inches which resulted in treacherous driving conditions. Several schools started late on the 27th due to the slippery roads and high winds. The high winds, combined with slippery roads at times, blew several semis and other vehicles off the road on Interstate-29 and at several other locations across the region. Only minor injuries occurred with these incidents. The high winds damaged many traffic signs and signals, downed many power lines and poles, along with downing branches and several trees. As a result, several hundred customers were without power for a time across the area. The high winds caused roof and siding damage to many buildings along with damaging some fences. A shed was also completely destroyed near Sisseton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1922) Aberdeen: -3 (1919)
Kennebec: 91 (1927) Kennebec: -5 (1919)
Mobridge: 79 (1990) Mobridge: 10 (1942)
Pierre: 83 (1966) Pierre: 10 (1997)
Sisseton: 85 (1955) Sisseton: 4 (1936)
Timber Lake: 79 (1990) Timber Lake: 10 (1942)
Watertown: 85 (1927) Watertown: 8 (1936)
Wheaton: 86 (1922) Wheaton: -4 (1919)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.75" (2000) Aberdeen: 0.5" (1925)
Kennebec: 1.86" (1941)
Mobridge: 1.55" (1996) Mobridge: 1.3" (1976)
Pierre: 0.70" (1996) Pierre: 2.7" (1954)
Sisseton: 0.74" (1954)
Timber Lake: 1.65" (1996) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1976)
Watertown: 0.76" (1954) Watertown: 1.5" (1919)
Wheaton: 1.10" (2010)


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