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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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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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