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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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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) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.