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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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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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