This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 19 April 1775 → The first engagement of the Revolutionary War took place in clear, crisp weather at Lexington-Concord.
 19 April 1968 → An F4 tornado struck Sebastian County, AR leaving 14 dead and 270 injured. Much of Greenwood was reduced to a sea of rubble.
 19 April 1976 → An F5 tornado swept a frame home away near Brownwood, TX. The owner had sought refuge in the bathtub, and he and the bathtub were all that remained after the tornado blew the house away. Several children caught in the open were blown nearly three quarters of a mile. Several hangars and planes were destroyed at the town's airport.

This Day in Weather History Archive

On This Day In

                   Weather History...


August 13, 1987:

A succession of thunderstorms produced rainfall that was unprecedented in 116 years of precipitation records at Chicago, Illinois during an 18 hour period from the evening of the 13th to the early afternoon of the 14th. The resulting flash flood was the worst to ever strike the Chicago metropolitan area, causing 3 deaths and water damage that amounted to 221 million dollars worth. O Hare International Airport received an event total of 9.35 inches of rain in 18 hours, shattering the previous 24 hour record of 6.24 inches. For a period of about 24 hours, the airport was only accessible from the air as all roads were blocked by high water, including the Kennedy Expressway.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 112 (1965) Aberdeen: 35 (1964)
Kennebec: 114 (1965) Kennebec: 45 (1917)
Mobridge: 107 (1938) Mobridge: 44 (2004)
Pierre: 108 (1965) Pierre: 48 (2012)
Sisseton: 104 (1965) Sisseton: 39 (1964)
Timber Lake: 102 (1939) Timber Lake: 42 (2004)
Watertown: 102 (1965) Watertown: 35 (1964)
Wheaton: 100 (1984) Wheaton: 38 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.02" (1895)
Kennebec: 1.30" (1980)
Mobridge: 0.75" (1927)
Pierre: 1.35" (1997)
Sisseton: 1.75" (1989)
Timber Lake: 0.38" (1934)
Watertown: 1.28" (1945)
Wheaton: 1.52" (2006)


USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.