SPEARFISH — Under the burning effigy of the ceremonial trout, made out of old bicycle frames, members of the Spearfish community gathered to commemorate the day that landed the town onto the Guinness Book of World records. On Jan. 22, 1943 the frigid cold air which had been plaguing the Black Hills gave way to a warm Chinook breeze that shot the temperature up from -4 to +45 degrees; a whopping 49 degrees in just two minutes. For the past 77 years, Spearfish has held the title of the town with the fastest temperature increase the planet has ever see. The inaugural Chinook Days event series continued Wednesday with a community march up to the Lookout Mountain Amphitheater with local historian and author Paul Higbee retelling first hand accounts and historical facts about the day that put Spearfish in the record books. The Chinook Days celebration continues at Spearfish City Park on Saturday.
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