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October 28th

Local and Regional Events:

October 28, 1989:

The season’s first snowfall brought much-needed moisture to the Black Hills and portions of western South Dakota as up to nearly a foot of snow fell in the higher elevations. The storms caused motorists some problems.  A build-up of ice and slush in combination with blowing snow prompted the State Highway Patrol to close the portion of Interstate-90 from Rapid City to Wall.  Numerous multiple vehicle accidents were reported.


October 28, 1993:

Very strong northwest winds gusting to 50 to 60 mph raked South Dakota. A new home under construction southwest of DeSmet collapsed in the winds. Reported peak winds included 56 mph at Huron, 55 mph at Rapid City, and 52 mph at Sioux Falls.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for October 28th:

1846: In the spring of 1846, a group of nearly 90 emigrants left Springfield, Illinois, and headed west to California. The Donner party arrived at the Great Salt Lake and still needed to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains late in the season. On this day, a heavy snowfall blocked the pass, thus trapping the emigrants. Only 45 of the original 89 emigrants reached California the following year. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.


Donner Lake Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Photo by T.H. O'Sullivan during the U.S. Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel (King Survey). The King survey took place in the 1870s.


1999: A Super Typhoon, known as Cyclone 05B reached the equivalent of the Category 5 hurricane on this day. This storm is the strongest tropical cyclone ever record in the North Indian Ocean. Cyclone 05B hit the Indian State of Odisha near the city of Bhubaneswar on October 29. An estimated 10,000 individuals would die from this cyclone, and 1.67 million people were left homeless. Click HERE for more information from the History Channel.


Above is Cyclone 05B near peak intensity on October 28, 1999, at 09 UTC.

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