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 3 March 1876 → The Kentucky Meat Shower. Around 2pm, chunks of fresh, red meat fell from the sky for several minutes onto Olympia Springs in Bath County. The chunks of meat were 3 to 4 inches square. Two local men tasted it and figured it to be mutton or venison. Scientific analysis showed it to be lung tissue, muscle tissue, and cartilage, likely from a horse. It was posited that a flock of buzzards had just eaten a dead horse nearby, and then disgorged their meal onto unsuspecting Olympia Springs. The day was otherwise pleasant with blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 40s.
 3 March 1966 → Jackson, MS was heavily damaged by a half-mile wide F5 tornado. Of the total death toll of 57, twelve people were killed when the Candlestick Shopping Center was leveled to the ground.
 3 March 1989 → A massive dust storm lowered visibility to zero along I-10 in Cochise County, AZ. Chain-reaction accidents involved 25 cars. Two motorists were killed.

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September 8, 1959:

High winds and areas of blowing dust occurred across parts of central South Dakota from Walworth to Mellette. During the evening, wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph affected the counties either side of the Missouri River. Low visibility in blowing dust was blamed for a four-car crash near Pierre, injuring five persons, another accident near Mobridge injured one person. Barn buildings were blown over or unroofed near Delmont in Douglas County. Lightning started grass fires and burned several thousand acres of rangeland in Mellete and Lyman counties.

September 8, 1977:

In the late afternoon, high winds associated with a cold front gusted to 70 mph and destroyed six buildings on a farm north and east of Reliance. At 500 pm, winds ripped a camper off a pickup truck 12 miles south of Pierre. Winds were measured at 68 mph at Pierre. At 6 pm cdt, winds gusting to 70 mph damaged many trees in the Watertown area, power lines, and some buildings. A trailer and truck, twelve miles north of Watertown, were blown over while traveling on Interstate 29. A large oil tank was also destroyed. At Rapid City, the winds gusted to 75 mph around noon mdt with many trees downed. Also, some buildings had windows broken and roofs damaged with a mobile home overturned. There were minor reports of damage from a number of counties, mostly in the eastern part of the state. The damage was the result of high winds with a cold front which crossed the state during the afternoon and evening of the 8th. The strong winds also caused blowing dust in the western part of the state resulting in the several accidents.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 101 (1933) Aberdeen: 32 (1992)
Kennebec: 105 (1931) Kennebec: 36 (1995)
Mobridge: 102 (1959) Mobridge: 35 (1943)
Pierre: 102 (1959) Pierre: 39 (1995)
Sisseton: 102 (1959) Sisseton: 37 (2008)
Timber Lake: 102 (1959) Timber Lake: 36 (1929)
Watertown: 98 (1931) Watertown: 30 (1907)
Wheaton: 104 (1931) Wheaton: 38 (1992)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.02" (2009)
Kennebec: 0.80" (1951)
Mobridge: 0.93" (2007)
Pierre: 1.11" (1985)
Sisseton: 0.84" (1938)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (2007)
Watertown: 2.42" (1985)
Wheaton: 1.28" (1991)


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