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 23 September 1551 → The Grand Harbour, located in Valeeta, Malta, was hit by a tornado which moved inland and caused extensive damage. A shipping armada in the harbor about to go into battle was destroyed by the tornado, killing at least 600 people.
 23 September 1815 → The poem "The September Gale," penned by Oliver Wendell Holmes, was written about a hurricane that struck New England on this date. Holmes was just six years old at the time.
 23 September 1983 → Super Typhoon Forrest underwent extremely rapid intensification as its central pressure crashed 92mb in just under 24 hours.

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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)


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