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Weather History - January 20th

Local and Regional Events:

January 20, 1944:

A late January warm-up occurred on this date in weather history in 1944. Temperatures rose into the upper 50s to the mid-60s across central and northeast South Dakota and west-central Minnesota. Overnight lows in the 20s and lower 30s were above the normal highs for the year. Record highs were set at Aberdeen, Kennebec, Sisseton, and Watertown. Watertown rose to 56 degrees, Sisseton rose to 58 degrees, Aberdeen rose to 60 degrees, and Kennebec rose to 65 degrees. Also, Mobridge rose to 57 degrees, and Pierre rose to 61 degrees.


U.S.A and Global Events for January 20th:

1863: The famous "Mud March" begins in the Fredericksburg area of Virginia. Click HERE for more information from

Jan 20, 1863 Mud March


1883: Yuma, Arizona, sets its all-time record low of 22 degrees. The record is tied in 1911 and again in 1937.

Jan 20, 1883 Yuma Cold


1933: Phoenix, Arizona, receives light snow between 7:55 pm and 9:25 pm.Jan 20, 1933 - Phoenix SnowJan 20, 1933 - Phoenix Snow Sat, Jan 21, 1933 – Page 14 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) ·


1937: The wettest Inaugural Day of record with 1.77 inches of rain in 24 hours. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.

Jan 20, 1937 Roosevelt

1954: Rogers Pass, Montana, plunged to 70 degrees below zero to establish a new record for the lower 48 states.

Jan 20, 1954 US all time low 2

The image above is from the Montana Climatological Data for January 1954.

Jan 20, 1954 US all time low

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