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 17 December 1903 → Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully tested their homemade glider at Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They had selected Kitty Hawk as their test site on advice from the Weather Bureau due to good, consistent northerly winds.
 17 December 1924 → A severe ice storm covered central Illinois in ice two inches thick. $21 million damage.
 17 December 1983 → The temperature at Oklahoma City dropped below freezing. It did not rise above 32 degrees again until New Year's Eve, setting a record length of sub-freezing weather in the city.

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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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