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March 11th

Local and Regional Events:

March 11, 1991:

A developing winter storm, centered to the south of the Black Hills, caused heavy snow to fall on the northern Black Hills the evening of March 11 until the morning of March 12th. Snowfall totals of 3-9 inches were reported, including 9 inches at Custer, 8 inches at Deerfield, and 8 inches at Lead.

 

March 11, 2011:

A very intense low-pressure area moving across North Dakota brought widespread blizzard conditions to central and northeast South Dakota. The low-pressure area brought 1 to 3 inches of snowfall to the region. This new snow combined with 30 to 50 mph winds with gusts to 60 to 70 mph brought widespread whiteout conditions. Traffic was brought to a standstill with many motorists having to be rescued and taken to a shelter. Hundreds of cars were stranded on mainly Highway 12 and Interstate-29. Two people traveling on Highway 10 in McPherson County told about how they became stuck and were picked up by another vehicle and that it took them over 2 1/2 hours to travel just a few miles to safety. Interstate-29 was closed from Watertown to Sisseton from 6 pm on the 11th until noon on the 12th. Many events were affected including the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Watertown. There were several overturned semis along with several vehicle accidents across the area. Some of the highest wind gusts included 56 mph at Watertown; 58 mph at Mobridge, Sisseton, and Faulkton; 59 mph at Aberdeen; 61 mph at Bowdle; 66 mph near Hillhead, and 71 mph west of Long Lake.

 

Local Climate Information:

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

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

 

U.S.A and Global Events for March 11th:

1888: The Great Blizzard of 1888 paralyzed the east coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine on March 11 through the 14th. The blizzard dumped as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas, and snow drifts of 30 to 40 feet were reported. An estimated 400 people died from this blizzard. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel. Click HERE for additional information from the National Centers for Environmental Information (section 14).

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The image above is New York City during the blizzard. This image is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Additional images are available from the Connecticut State Library.

 

1897: The coldest March reading at Medicine Hat, Alberta Canada occurred as the temperature dropped to 38 degrees below zero. 

 

1911: Tamarack, California reported 451 inches of snow on the ground, a record for the U.S. 

 

1990: Forty-four cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 71 degrees at Dickinson and Williston, North Dakota and 84 degrees at Lynchburg Virginia, Charleston, and Huntington West Virginia. Augusta Georgia and Columbia South Carolina tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation with record highs of 88 degrees.

 

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