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 31 October 1991 → A severe winter storm dubbed the Great Halloween Mega Storm struck the upper Midwest. Minnesota bore the brunt of the storm. Blizzard conditions occurred with wind gusts frequently to 50 mph. By the time the storm finally ended on November 2, Duluth received 37 inches of snow, Minneapolis 28 inches, and International Falls 18 inches. For Duluth and Minneapolis, this set new all time records for single storm totals. These two cities received nearly half their normal seasonal snows in this one storm.
 31 October 1994 → American Eagle Flight 4184 was completing its last turn in holding before being cleared for landing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After holding in pattern for an hour in wintry precipitation, enough ice accumulated on the aircraft that the plane became uncontrollable and crashed in Roselawn, IN. All 68 on board the ATR-72-212 aircraft were killed.

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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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