This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 31 August 1954 → Hurricane Carol swept across eastern New England killing 60 persons and causing $450 million damage. It was the first of three hurricanes to affect New England that year.
 31 August 1979 → Category 5 Hurricane David destroyed 70% of the Dominican Republic and took the lives of 2,000 of her citizens. The storm would go on to strike the U.S. and produce torrential rains up the entire length of the East Coast.
 31 August 1993 → A category 3 Hurricane Emily lashed the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Hatteras weather buoy recorded a gust of 98 mph and was deluged with 7.51 inches of rain. Diamond Shoals coastal marine buoy recorded sustained winds of 103 mph with gusts to 148 mph after the eye passed.

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August 9, 1918:

An estimated F2 tornado touched down east of Bristol and moved NNE. The tornado was quoted as looking like a long snake like spiral, smashing barns into kindling.

August 9, 1992:

A tornado packing winds estimated between 113 and 157 mph caused major damage to the town of Chester, in Lake County. Shortly after 7 pm CDT a tornado tore right through the heart of Chester causing considerable damage. Four businesses were destroyed, three others had major damage, and five had minor damage. An elevator and new grain bin were leveled and another bin was heavily damaged. Most of the building housing the fire department was demolished. Also many houses and vehicles sustained damage and large trees were uprooted or broken off. In one instance a steel beam was thrust through a garage and into the car inside. One mile north of Chester, an entire house was moved off the foundation. The town had to be evacuated for 19 hours after the tornado because the tornado damaged a 12,000 gallon ammonia tank releasing 4,000 gallons of the liquid gas into the air. The ammonia was a health hazard forcing residents out. To the south of Chester the storm destroyed a new convenience store and blew two fuel tanks over 100 yards.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 105 (1947) Aberdeen: 41 (1927)
Kennebec: 113 (1947) Kennebec: 40 (1927)
Mobridge: 110 (1947) Mobridge: 42 (1927)
Pierre: 113 (1947) Pierre: 46 (1966)
Sisseton: 102 (1947) Sisseton: 46 (1934)
Timber Lake: 109 (1947) Timber Lake: 41 (1939)
Watertown: 104 (1947) Watertown: 38 (1927)
Wheaton: 102 (1958) Wheaton: 42 (1927)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.92" (1994)
Kennebec: 1.40" (1979)
Mobridge: 0.66" (1938)
Pierre: 1.93" (1933)
Sisseton: 1.08" (1974)
Timber Lake: 0.78" (1962)
Watertown: 3.37" (1994)
Wheaton: 0.65" (1974)


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