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 21 April 1887 → Prescott, KS was directly hit by an F4 tornado, resulting in 12 fatalities and 80 homes destroyed. The tornado was part of a family of tornadoes that reduced farms to kindling along a 60 mile path from Anderson County, KS to Bates County, MO. It was one of the most expensive tornado disasters of the 19th Century.
 21 April 1967Tornadoes ravaged northern Illinois. An F4 occurring at 3:50 pm in Belvidere left 24 dead and 500 injured. Seven people were killed at a shopping center, and at least 13 were killed at Belvidere High School. Another F4 at 5:24 pm left 33 dead and 500 injured. This funnel hit Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hometown, and Evergreen Park southwest of Chicago.
 21 April 2002 → An F3 tornado struck Wayne County, IL with winds as high as 200mph. Incredibly, only one life was lost.

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August 18, 1936:

A tornado moved east, ending southeast of Gettysburg. A farm house and four barns were destroyed near Gorman, in Potter County. Property damage was estimated at $20,000.

August 18, 1938:

A tornado destroyed a barn, unroofed a gym, and damaged other buildings near Stephen, in Hyde County. The funnel moved northeast then curved to the northwest. There were two other tornadoes on this day. One moved northeast from near Worlsey and Broadland in Beadle County producing F3 damage. The other was an F2 and also started off in Beadle County and moved northeast into Kingsbury County. This storm injured three people.

August 18, 1983:

High winds up to 80 mph caused extensive damage to trees, structures and cars, in Lyman, Hyde, Faulk, and Brown Counties. In Presho, several homes lost their roofs. Hay bales were scattered, metal siding was ripped from outbuildings, and a ballpark lost three large fence sections. Gusty winds up to 75 mph were recorded at Ordway, in Brown County, causing damage to a mobile home. Two hangers at the Aberdeen airport received extensive damage, with roofs and doors torn off.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 109 (1959) Aberdeen: 38 (2002)
Kennebec: 109 (1959) Kennebec: 43 (1985)
Mobridge: 104 (1959) Mobridge: 40 (2004)
Pierre: 111 (1959) Pierre: 44 (2002)
Sisseton: 105 (1976) Sisseton: 38 (1950)
Timber Lake: 102 (1959) Timber Lake: 42 (1985)
Watertown: 100 (1976) Watertown: 40 (1897)
Wheaton: 103 (1976) Wheaton: 44 (1950)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.58" (1989)
Kennebec: 1.20" (2006)
Mobridge: 2.13" (1913)
Pierre: 0.89" (2006)
Sisseton: 1.98" (1961)
Timber Lake: 1.90" (1914)
Watertown: 1.93" (1971)
Wheaton: 2.12" (1961)


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