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 21 September 1588 → After an unsuccessful battle with the English fleet, the Spanish Armada encountered strong storms and high winds off the coast of Ireland on its way back to Spain. 26 ships are believed to have been lost. The remaining ships limped back to Spain defeated and demoralized, ending the reign of the once unbeatable Spanish Armada.
 21 September 1894 → A huge tornado outbreak swept from Iowa through Minnesota to Wisconsin, with an unusual number of extremely violent tornadoes. The tornado that rampaged through Kossuth County, MN, was likely an F5 as homes and farms were wiped clean from the earth.
 21 September 1909 → A category 3 hurricane crossed the Gulf of Mexico and came ashore in southern Louisiana. The storm inflicted 120 mph winds on southeast Louisiana and took its storm surge 2 miles inland. There were about 371 fatalities despite the Weather Bureau having issued its first warnings for the storm three days earlier.
 21 September 1938 → The New England Hurricane was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike southern New England. The storm roared ashore over Long Island, NY at nearly 60 mph at the time of high tide. This created a deadly tidal surge, which submerged downtown Providence, RI under 20 feet of water. Hurricane force winds were felt throughout New England, with a gust to 186 mph at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was responsible for over 500 deaths.

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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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