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 26 October 1865 → A hurricane sank the steamship USS Mobile in 1,700 feet of water off the Georgia coast. The wreck, laden with 20,000 gold coins, was found in 2003.
 26 October 1998 → Hurricane Mitch, the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since 1780, struck Central America, killing more than 11,000 people. Winds peaked at 180 mph and maintained hurricane intensity for 24 hours after making landfall. The tropical system drenched the region with over a foot of rainfall.
 26 October 2003 → A surfer was killed while he was surfing in the storm-tossed seas of the Gulf of Mexico when he was struck by lightning near Destin, FL.
 26 October 2010 → The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the U.S. between the Rockies and the Appalachians with a non-tropical system was set at Big Fork, MN, with a pressure of 28.21".

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August 8, 1985:

Eight to ten fires were started by lightning in western and central Corson County. A former school house burned south of McIntosh near the Grand River.

August 8, 2010:

Thunderstorms produced damaging winds and flash flooding from heavy rain along and near the Missouri River in southeast South Dakota during the late afternoon of August 8th. Bon Homme and Yankton Counties were among the hardest hit areas. Avon in Bon Homme County, thunderstorm winds caused widespread damage to trees and power lines. The tree damage included large trees uprooted or blown down, and at least two houses were damaged by falling trees. The damage to power lines caused a power outage over the town which lasted about 5 hours. The winds also destroyed a large shed and damaged a camper parked in the shed. In Tyndall, thunderstorm winds of 70 mph caused tree damage, including large trees blown down. The winds also blew down power lines, damaged several small sheds, and tore shingles off roofs. Thunderstorm winds also ripped through Yankton County. Near Napa, thunderstorm winds overturned several campers and caused widespread tree damage, including large trees blown down at a Lewis and Clark Lake campground. A fee collector was injured by tree debris.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 108 (1936) Aberdeen: 42 (1939)
Kennebec: 112 (1936) Kennebec: 45 (1989)
Mobridge: 105 (1936) Mobridge: 44 (1939)
Pierre: 108 (1936) Pierre: 47 (1939)
Sisseton: 103 (1936) Sisseton: 47 (1904)
Timber Lake: 105 (1936) Timber Lake: 42 (1939)
Watertown: 104 (1934) Watertown: 40 (1904)
Wheaton: 101 (1958) Wheaton: 46 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.34" (1906)
Kennebec: 1.77" (1906)
Mobridge: 0.83" (2002)
Pierre: 0.76" (1948)
Sisseton: 0.66" (1956)
Timber Lake: 1.45" (1943)
Watertown: 3.14" (1987)
Wheaton: 1.25" (2012)


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