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 17 April 1922 → Seven tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile swath from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, OH, killing 16 people. There were three F2s, two F3s, and two F4s. A post card, picked up in Madison County, IN was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory, OH.
 17 April 1935 → A hailstone reportedly 8" in diameter hit near Ponca City, OK.
 17 April 1952 → Massive flooding throughout the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest reached its peak. Large portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Iowa were inundated. At Sioux City, IA the Missouri River raced by at 30 mph filled with telephone poles, trees, furniture, and other debris from upstream. In the Omaha/Council Bluffs area 30,000 people were evacuated. At St Paul, MN the Mississippi hit a record high and forced 7000 people from their homes.
 17 April 1953 → A storm containing hail, ice, snow, sleet, and rain battered Oklahoma, with 10,000 claims turned into insurance companies.
 17 April 2004 → A 182-day long streak of no measurable rain began in San Diego, CA. The streak ended on October 17.

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April 19, 1955:

A tornado (F2) moved NNW from 16 miles Southwest of Aberdeen, in the Townships of Good Hope and Highland. Only the houses were left intact on the four farms that were torn apart. Also, an F2 tornado destroyed barns 8 miles Southeast of Gettysburg causing $8,000 in damage. In Corson and Dewey Counties, two F0 tornadoes touched down, one after the other, causing over $3,000 worth of damage and injuring two people. An additional tornado (F2) moved NNW in Clear Lake and Richland Townships. Buildings were damaged on five farms.

April 19, 1971:

An unofficial rainfall amount of 6 inches in 24 hours was reported at White River. An official amount of 4 plus inches was reported at Murdo, causing the washout of a railroad and derailment of a freight train. The Ghost Hawk Dam broke on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and the flood waters damaged a trailer home and two cars. Flooding occurred along the Bad, White, and Little White Rivers and Pine Creek.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 91 (1915) Aberdeen: 12 (1988)
Kennebec: 92 (1923) Kennebec: 16 (1988)
Mobridge: 89 (1961) Mobridge: 14 (1928)
Pierre: 88 (1961) Pierre: 17 (1966)
Sisseton: 89 (1987) Sisseton: 16 (1988)
Timber Lake: 90 (1915) Timber Lake: 15 (1928)
Watertown: 86 (1987) Watertown: 11 (1928)
Wheaton: 90 (1987) Wheaton: 15 (1928)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.92" (1894) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1970)
Kennebec: 0.88" (1903) Kennebec: 8.0" (1966)
Mobridge: 0.97" (2000) Mobridge: 5.4" (1982)
Pierre: 1.61" (1971) Pierre: 2.5" (1959)
Sisseton: 2.04" (1957) Sisseton: 5.0" (1970)
Timber Lake: 1.35" (2000) Timber Lake: 5.0" (2000)
Watertown: 2.00" (1957) Watertown: 3.0" (1966)
Wheaton: 1.57" (1957) Wheaton: 5.0" (1966) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.