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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 24, 1948:

A significant tornado (F2) moved Northeast from South of Castlewood to near Goodwin. Barns were destroyed on two farms. Also on this day, two other tornadoes were observed in South Dakota. One moved from Turner County on into Minnehaha County, injuring two people. The other touchdown 3 miles Southeast of Sioux Falls, destroying barns and other buildings on the west edge of Brandon.

April 24, 2010:

An EF-4 tornado killed 10 people in 3 Mississippi counties. It injured 146 along its 149 mile track in the span of almost 3 hours. This was the widest tornado in the state’s recorded history (1.75 miles).


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1962) Aberdeen: 17 (1956)
Kennebec: 92 (1962) Kennebec: 19 (1931)
Mobridge: 90 (1962) Mobridge: 18 (1928)
Pierre: 93 (1962) Pierre: 25 (1934)
Sisseton: 91 (1962) Sisseton: 19 (1956)
Timber Lake: 89 (2012) Timber Lake: 20 (1928)
Watertown: 87 (1962) Watertown: 18 (1934)
Wheaton: 91 (2009) Wheaton: 20 (1930)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.29" (2010) Aberdeen: 2.3" (1973)
Kennebec: 1.04" (1929) Kennebec: Trace (1956)
Mobridge: 0.78" (1953) Mobridge: Trace (1967)
Pierre: 1.03" (1990) Pierre: Trace (1990)
Sisseton: 0.95" (1948) Sisseton: 4.0" (1937)
Timber Lake: 1.32" (1953) Timber Lake: 6.0" (1965)
Watertown: 1.52" (1953) Watertown: 1.0" (1917)
Wheaton: 1.91" (1937) Wheaton: Trace (1953)


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