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March 1st

Local and Regional Events:

March 1, 1970:

Freezing rain and drizzle impacted much of South Dakota on March 1, 1970. Ice accumulation up to 1/8 of an inch thick was reported in Rapid City, with heavier amounts reported in the northwestern part of the state. Some utility lines were broken, but there was no extensive line damage. In addition, some schools were closed due to icy roads.


March 1, 1998: Incredible amount of snow falls on Lead, South Dakota from February 25 through March 1. The official storm total was 103 inches for the 5 day period. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Rapid City.

The photo above is Lead, South Dakota after the storm. The photo is courtesy from the NWS Office in Rapid City.


March 1, 2014:

Arctic air combined with strong northwest winds to bring bitter cold wind chills to central and northeast South Dakota east of the Missouri River. Bitter wind chills of 35 below to around 40 below occurred. Some of the coldest wind chills include; 39 degrees below zero west of Long Lake; 40 degrees below zero at Highmore; 41 degrees below zero near Roy Lake; and 42 degrees below zero at Summit.


Local Climate Information:

Click HERE for daily climate information for Aberdeen, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, and Watertown.

Click HERE for daily climate information for Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux City.


U.S.A and Global Events for March 1st:

1910: The worst avalanche in US history in terms of lives lost, occurred Wellington, Washington. Heavy snow occurred from February 26 through the 28th, which blocked the rail lines. Weather conditions turned on the 28th with a thunderstorm occurring over the area. Just after 1 am on March 1st, a ten to 14 foot high mass of snow broke free from the mountain side and pushed the trains 150 feet down into the Tye River gorge. In all, 96 people were killed from this avalanche. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.


Rescuers digging for victims from the avalanche. The image is courtesy from the Seattle Times.

The map above is courtesy from the Iron Goat Trail website. The black oval is where the avalanche disaster occurred.


2006: The day's high temperature of 93 degrees at the Dallas/Fort Wort Airport in Texas broke a 107-year-old record. Other hot north Texas cities included Wichita Falls with 96 degrees and Fort Worth Meacham Airport with 90 degrees.


Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.