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December 5th

Local and Regional Events:

December 5, 1960:

A storm dropped snow on the entire region from the morning of the 4th to the late afternoon of the 5th, with the greatest amounts in the western, central and north central parts of South Dakota. Five to 10 inches of snow fell in these areas. The heaviest snowfall amounts occurred in the extreme southwest part of the state, as well as the triangular area in the north-central part of the state between Mobridge, Pierre, and Aberdeen. The snow, blown by winds of 30 to 40 mph, caused extensive drifting of streets and highways. A brief period of freezing rain preceded the snow and added to hazardous driving conditions on roads. Schools were closed for one to two days, with 27 towns reporting closed schools in the Aberdeen area alone. Telephone and power disruption was widespread in central and north central counties of the state, as poles and wires were broken by a combination of ice, snow, and the wind. The storm produced mostly rain in the extreme eastern counties of South Dakota into west central Minnesota, with a narrow band of freezing rain preceding light snow immediately to the west. No serious automobile accidents or property damage was reported in this area of freezing rain and light snow.

 

December 5, 1976:

Cold Canadian air moved across South Dakota during the day on Sunday, December 5th. Strong winds gusted to 63 mph at Philip and to 55 mph at Rapid City. One to two inches of snow fell over all of South Dakota; however, many counties in the southeast, south central, and east-central parts of the state received amounts varying from three to five inches. After this storm, night time temperatures fell to below zero. Snowfall amounts included 2 inches at Pierre, Aberdeen, and Watertown; and 3 inches at Redfield and Clear Lake.

U.S.A and Global Events for December 5th:

December 5, 1886:

A southern storm dumped heavy snow up into far southwest Virginia. The storm dumped 11 inches in Montgomery Alabama and 22.5 inches in Knoxville, TN. It also dropped 25 inches in Rome, Georgia, and 26 inches in Ashville, North Carolina.

 

December 5, 1953:

A tornado outbreak occurred over northeastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas and western Mississippi on this day. At least four confirmed tornadoes touched down. The strongest tornado was rated F5 as it destroyed the town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. This tornado first touched down just west of the Mississippi River in East Madison Parish in Louisiana. The tornado crossed the Mississippi River and tore through the downtown area of Vicksburg. On the ground for seven miles, this tornado caused 38 deaths, 270 injuries, and cost an estimated $25 million in damages in 1953. Estimated cost adjusted for inflation in 2013 Dollars would be over $200 million. The NWS Office in Jackson, Mississippi has an interactive track map of this event which includes photos and personal accounts. Click HERE for more information.

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Credit: Collection of Old Courthouse Museum, Vicksburg, MS. Areal image is looking southwest from the intersection of South and Washington Streets.

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