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 28 December 1879 → All 74 lives were lost when a passenger train plunged from the Tay Bridge (Dundee, Scotland) into the Tay Estuary as the middle section of the bridge collapsed. Although the bridge was poorly constructed and had already been weakened in earlier gales (including the pre-existing winds at the time of the tragedy), the ultimate failure is believed to have been caused by two or three waterspouts which were sighted close to the bridge immediately before the accident.
 28 December 1999 → From the 26th to the 28th two incredibly powerful wind storms tore through northern and western Europe. Winds were over 100 mph in France, Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Devastation to trees, power grids, and buildings was widespread. 140 people lost their lives.
 28 December 2003 → A severe snow storm hit northern California and southern Oregon. As much as 2 feet of snow fell along Interstate 5 closing a 150-mile stretch of the highway, stranding hundreds of travelers. Winds from the storm caused power outages to more than 200,000 customers. One man died of a heart attack after helping other drivers.

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April 25, 1994:

Lightning from a thunderstorm 4 miles W of Aberdeen struck two houses, causing structural damage and starting a fire which caused further damage to one house. The second house suffered damage only to a surge protector. Total damage was estimated at $50,000 for both strikes.

April 25, 1996:

An intense area of low pressure brought high winds of 30 to 50 mph with isolated gusts to 80 mph to central and north central South Dakota from the morning to the evening of the 25th. The dry April soil was picked up by the high winds, lowering visibilities in blowing dust. Some places experienced duststorm conditions with low visibilities and drifting dust. Many roofs lost shingles due to the high winds. In Eagle Butte, the Vietnam Veterans Center roof was blown off. Other buildings were also damaged across the area, along with some broken windows. Some power poles and lines were downed west of Fort Pierre. Some trees and branches were also downed. Near Isabel, a cattle trailer was tipped over and two calf shelters were destroyed. Also, a twenty foot Conoco sign was blown down near Isabel along with other signs damaged across the area. The duststorm reminded many of the 1930s. Some wind gusts include, 60 mph at Mobridge and Selby, 70 mph at Miller, Pierre, and Murdo, and 80 mph at Isabel and Eagle Butte.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 97 (1962) Aberdeen: 19 (1958)
Kennebec: 95 (1962) Kennebec: 20 (1931)
Mobridge: 90 (1962) Mobridge: 20 (1931)
Pierre: 94 (1962) Pierre: 24 (1950)
Sisseton: 94 (1962) Sisseton: 21 (1958)
Timber Lake: 88 (1962) Timber Lake: 20 (1947)
Watertown: 92 (1962) Watertown: 21 (1958)
Wheaton: 90 (1962) Wheaton: 22 (1931)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.45" (1986) Aberdeen: 1.4" (2008)
Kennebec: 1.68" (1906) Kennebec: 3.0 (2008)
Mobridge: 1.07" (1942) Mobridge: Trace (1953)
Pierre: 1.91" (1929) Pierre: 2.0" (1988)
Sisseton: 1.02" (1998) Sisseton: 6.9" (2008)
Timber Lake: 0.96" (1948) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1953)
Watertown: 1.12" (2008) Watertown: 19.0" (2008)
Wheaton: 1.00" (1953) Wheaton: 2.0" (1950)


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