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 31 January 1937 → In January 1937 Earlington, KY (Hopkins County) recorded nearly 23 inches of rain.
 31 January 1966 → The Great Blizzard of 1966 hit upstate New York and paralyzed the Buffalo region. Winds gusting to 60 mph and temperatures in the teens along with heavy blowing snow created severe blizzard conditions. Rochester received two feet of snow, and Oswego got 100 inches.
 31 January 1999 → The United States experienced an all-time record for the number of tornadoes reported in January: 212. Bemis, TN had an F4 on the 17th, and F3s occurred in Clarksville and Camden, TN on the 22nd. An F3 occured in New Light, LA on the 21st.

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September 3, 1974:

An early freeze occurred across Minnesota on September 3rd as temperatures fell into the upper 20s to the lower 30s. This was the earliest freeze on record in some parts of the state ending the growing season. Greatest damage was to the soybean and corn crop. Honey production was also ended. Damage estimates were in excess of 100 million dollars.

September 3, 1999:

Very heavy rains from thunderstorms repeatedly going over the same area resulted in extensive flash flooding in a 30 to 40 mile wide band from Fort Pierre in southeast Stanley County to Hecla in northeast Brown County. Rainfall amounts in this corridor ranged from 3 to 7 inches. As a result, the communities of Blunt in Hughes County and Onida in Sully county were severely flooded. Most of the homes and businesses were flooded throughout Blunt and Onida causing severe damage. Only a few homes in these communities were spared from receiving water in there basements. Most homes also experienced sewer backup. The sewer systems in both Onida and Blunt were flooded and shutdown. Many people had to go to temporary shelters as a result of the flooding. Aberdeen and Fort Pierre had a lot of street flooding resulting in road closures and detours. Also, several basements in Aberdeen and Fort Pierre had sewer backup. The heavy rain flooded many township and county roads along with several state and U.S. highways. Sections of Highways 14, 20, 83, and 1806 along with many other roads in central and northeast South Dakota had to be closed. Many of the township and county roads had massive amounts of gravel washed away. Some bridges received minor damage with some culverts also lost. A few pets and livestock were also lost as a result of the flooding. Many acres of crops were flooded throughout the area. The DM & E railroad had some of its trackline flooded for a time. Some rainfall amounts included, 3 inches at Fort Pierre, 4 inches at Hecla and in the Aberdeen Area, 5 inches at the Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge and at Blunt, 6 inches at Seneca, 7 inches 10 miles southeast of Gettysburg and at Onida.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 102 (1897) Aberdeen: 31 (1974)
Kennebec: 105 (1983) Kennebec: 31 (1974)
Mobridge: 99 (2005) Mobridge: 33 (1928)
Pierre: 104 (2005) Pierre: 36 (1974)
Sisseton: 96 (1976) Sisseton: 38 (1946)
Timber Lake: 104 (2007) Timber Lake: 34 (1961)
Watertown: 101 (1893) Watertown: 30 (1974)
Wheaton: 100 (1983) Wheaton: 37 (1918)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.53" (1941)
Kennebec: 1.30" (1963)
Mobridge: 1.10" (1941)
Pierre: 0.95" (1963)
Sisseton: 0.92" (2005)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (1951)
Watertown: 1.22" (1999)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1999)


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