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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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September 20, 1970:

In the late afternoon golf ball hail fell in and around Redfield with a tornado reported just north of Doland. No damage was reported with the hail or the tornado.

September 20, 1972:

About 430 pm, in Southeast South Dakota a tornado caused an estimated 95,000 damage to property and 50,000 damage to crops in Utica and nearby rural areas. Buildings were damaged, trees and power lines were downed.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1937) Aberdeen: 20 (1901)
Kennebec: 103 (1937) Kennebec: 21 (1918)
Mobridge: 95 (1960) Mobridge: 25 (1918)
Pierre: 104 (1937) Pierre: 33 (1983)
Sisseton: 91 (1941) Sisseton: 28 (1973)
Timber Lake: 95 (1914) Timber Lake: 28 (1997)
Watertown: 91 (1941) Watertown: 20 (1918)
Wheaton: 95 (1984) Wheaton: 24 (1918)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.50" (1989)
Kennebec: 2.10" (1950)
Mobridge: 0.96" (1996)
Pierre: 2.65" (1989)
Sisseton: 1.39" (2007)
Timber Lake: 1.35" (1996)
Watertown: 1.14" (2004)
Wheaton: 1.20" (2004)


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