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 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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April 17, 1996:

Severe thunderstorms in Jones and Lyman Counties, during the evening hours, resulted in wind gusts up to 60mph in Murdo and Kennebec.

April 17, 2006:

A strong spring storm moved across the Northern and Central Plains, bringing precipitation and very strong northwest winds. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts around 70 mph, were felt across a large portion of western South Dakota for more than 24 hours as the storm slowly crossed the region.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1915) Aberdeen: 10 (1953)
Kennebec: 88 (1958) Kennebec: 12 (1990)
Mobridge: 86 (1915) Mobridge: 10 (1953)
Pierre: 87 (1987) Pierre: 17 (1953)
Sisseton: 86 (1985) Sisseton: 11 (1953)
Timber Lake: 87 (1948) Timber Lake: 11 (1953)
Watertown: 83 (1987) Watertown: 12 (1953)
Wheaton: 88 (1985) Wheaton: 13 (1953)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.78" (1917) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1910)
Kennebec: 1.12" (1896) Kennebec: 4.0" (1930)
Mobridge: 0.95" (1978) Mobridge: 3.8" (1978)
Pierre: 1.17" (1978) Pierre: 1.3" (1978)
Sisseton: 1.18" (1967) Sisseton: 2.0" (2003)
Timber Lake: 0.75" (1918) Timber Lake: 7.5" (2011)
Watertown: 1.04" (1975) Watertown: 1.0" (1978)
Wheaton: 0.60" (1966) Wheaton: 5.0" (2003)


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