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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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October 29, 1925:

Record cold occurred across the area on this date in 1925. The record lows were 9 at Wheaton, Minnesota, 2 degrees below zero at Watertown, 5 degrees below zero at Aberdeen, 7 degrees below zero southeast of McInstosh, and a frigid late October 19 degrees below zero at Kennebec.

October 29, 1956:

A violent tornado, or series of tornadoes, moved along a path more than 100 miles in length from south of North Platte, Nebraska into Rock County, Nebraska. It was an unusually late occurence so far north and west in the U.S. for such a storm.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 79 (1937) Aberdeen: -5 (1925)
Kennebec: 91 (1933) Kennebec: -19 (1925)
Mobridge: 81 (1950) Mobridge: 2 (1991)
Pierre: 92 (1933) Pierre: 9 (1991)
Sisseton: 80 (1937) Sisseton: 16 (1988)
Timber Lake: 82 (1968) Timber Lake: 4 (1913)
Watertown: 78 (1937) Watertown: -2 (1925)
Wheaton: 75 (1953) Wheaton: 9 (1925)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.71" (1996) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1929)
Kennebec: 1.25" (1996) Kennebec: 2.0" (1929)
Mobridge: 1.65" (2004) Mobridge: 2.4" (2003)
Pierre: 0.92" (2004) Pierre: 3.4" (1970)
Sisseton: 1.71" (1996) Sisseton: 0.5" (2002)
Timber Lake: 1.22" (2004) Timber Lake: 3.2" (2003)
Watertown: 2.05" (1956) Watertown: 2.0" (1929)
Wheaton: 1.26" (1996) Wheaton: 2.5" (1929)


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