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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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April 13, 1995:

Flooding, resulting from snowmelt from the two major snowstorms in April and saturated soils, caused extensive road damage and inundation. This caused several road closings and numerous flooded basements in many counties. In addition, many lakes were overfull in Day and Campbell Counties. Flooded farmland caused severe delays in small grain planting. Spink, Sully, McPherson, and Brown Counties were declared disasters.

April 13, 2010:

Very strong south winds developed over central and northeast South Dakota in the early afternoon and continued into the early evening hours. South winds of 30 to 50 mph with gusts to near 70 mph caused some structural and shingle damage across the area. In Presho, the chamber sign was blown down with a carport tipped and damaged. A pickup on Interstate-90 lost a camper to the high winds. The high winds, combined with lowered humidity and dry fuels, helped fan several grassland fires across the region. The largest fire was started from a downed power line in Campbell County near the town of Glenham. The fire grew to be five miles long by two miles wide and traveled eight miles before it was brought under control. Almost 6000 acres were burned with nearly 20 fire departments dispatched


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (2003) Aberdeen: 13 (1950)
Kennebec: 91 (2003) Kennebec: 12 (1909)
Mobridge: 93 (2003) Mobridge: 13 (1957)
Pierre: 92 (2003) Pierre: 16 (1950)
Sisseton: 89 (2003) Sisseton: 19 (1939)
Timber Lake: 89 (2003) Timber Lake: 14 (1957)
Watertown: 85 (2003) Watertown: 6 (1950)
Wheaton: 90 (2003) Wheaton: 15 (1950)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 3.65" (1912) Aberdeen: 4.7" (1986)
Kennebec: 1.33" (1941) Kennebec: 2.0" (1983)
Mobridge: 0.73" (1967) Mobridge: 11.8" (1970)
Pierre: 1.12" (1906) Pierre: 5.2" (1906)
Sisseton: 3.66" (1912) Sisseton: 2.0" (1970)
Timber Lake: 0.66" (1968) Timber Lake: 9.0" (1970)
Watertown: 1.02" (1927) Watertown: 3.0" (1928)
Wheaton: 1.56" (1964) Wheaton: 5.0" (1928)


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