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 20 November 1900 → A major tornado outbreak struck Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, including two F4s. In Tunica County, MS an F4 tornado killed 15 people and threw the bodies half a mile downstream. Another F4 tornado was heading right for the center of Columbia, TN, but turned to the north at the last minute and grazed the northwest side of town. Still, 27 people lost their lives homes were "turned into kindling wood." Unpicked cotton was stripped from the stalks and deposited upon trees making them appear to be covered with snow.
 20 November 1944 → "Darkness at Noon." After a decade of drought, dust storms frequented Australia. On this day a thick dust blanketed Mildura for eight hours, and the railway lines to Balranald and Moulamein were blocked by sand.
 20 November 1979 → A blizzard struck Cheyenne, WY producing a record 19.8 inches of snow in 24 hours, and a record total of 25.6 inches in 40 hours. Strong winds created huge drifts stopping all transportation.

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April 21, 2007:

Heavy rains of 2 to 2.50 inches caused flash flooding in and around Watertown. Many streets were flooded in town, along with several roads outside of town. A warm front extending across the region was the focus for heavy rain, along with severe weather, during the evening across far northeast South Dakota. Hail up to the size of quarters, along with heavy rains of over 2 inches, caused some flooding mainly in Codington and Hamlin counties.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 97 (1980) Aberdeen: 16 (1936)
Kennebec: 99 (1980) Kennebec: 14 (1966)
Mobridge: 95 (1980) Mobridge: 16 (1927)
Pierre: 98 (1980) Pierre: 21 (1966)
Sisseton: 99 (1980) Sisseton: 16 (1936)
Timber Lake: 95 (1980) Timber Lake: 19 (1927)
Watertown: 95 (1980) Watertown: 10 (1927)
Wheaton: 98 (1980) Wheaton: 21 (1978)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.90" (1964) Aberdeen: 2.5" (1904)
Kennebec: 1.29" (1971) Kennebec: 2.0" (2002)
Mobridge: 1.11" (1968) Mobridge: 1.0" (2002)
Pierre: 1.02" (1971) Pierre: 0.5" (1982)
Sisseton: 0.74" (2007) Sisseton: 6.0" (1992)
Timber Lake: 1.18" (1964) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1988)
Watertown: 2.32" (2007) Watertown: 3.0" (2002)
Wheaton: 1.05" (1964) Wheaton: 2.0" (1992)


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