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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 27, 1991:

The first winter storm of the season moved across western and northern South Dakota. The storm produced widespread snow and freezing rain. Strong winds also produced blowing snow which caused blizzard conditions. Snow amounts ranged from 3 to 11 inches. Many schools and businesses in western South Dakota were closed. Snow drifts, as high as 6 feet, made many roads impassable. Travel across western South Dakota was extremely difficult, if not impossible. Forty traffic accidents occurred in the Black Hills while five accidents were reported in Pierre. A semi overturned east of Kadoka. Many major roads were closed due to the snow and visibility. Rapid City airport was closed. Freezing rain downed electric and telephone lines in Mobridge, Gettysburg, Belvidere, Midland, and Mission. Ice also broke six power poles in Walworth County. Some rural areas were without electricity for 30 hours. Three accidents in Aberdeen were attributed to slippery roads.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1983) Aberdeen: 10 (1919)
Kennebec: 87 (1938) Kennebec: 4 (1910)
Mobridge: 81 (1944) Mobridge: 17 (1952)
Pierre: 90 (1938) Pierre: 17 (1951)
Sisseton: 82 (1983) Sisseton: 13 (1976)
Timber Lake: 81 (1944) Timber Lake: 16 (1976)
Watertown: 78 (1983) Watertown: 12 (1967)
Wheaton: 82 (1983) Wheaton: 11 (1976)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.39" (1921) Aberdeen: 2.0" (1919)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1980) Kennebec: 5.0" (1980)
Mobridge: 0.50" (1991) Mobridge: 1.7" (2010)
Pierre: 0.42" (1991) Pierre: 1.5" (2010)
Sisseton: 0.62" (1971) Sisseton: 0.1" (2010)
Timber Lake: 0.56" (1931) Timber Lake: 1.5" (2010)
Watertown: 1.27" (1971) Watertown: 1.0" (1923)
Wheaton: 0.86" (1971) Wheaton: 2.0" (1919)


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