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 3 March 1876 → The Kentucky Meat Shower. Around 2pm, chunks of fresh, red meat fell from the sky for several minutes onto Olympia Springs in Bath County. The chunks of meat were 3 to 4 inches square. Two local men tasted it and figured it to be mutton or venison. Scientific analysis showed it to be lung tissue, muscle tissue, and cartilage, likely from a horse. It was posited that a flock of buzzards had just eaten a dead horse nearby, and then disgorged their meal onto unsuspecting Olympia Springs. The day was otherwise pleasant with blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 40s.
 3 March 1966 → Jackson, MS was heavily damaged by a half-mile wide F5 tornado. Of the total death toll of 57, twelve people were killed when the Candlestick Shopping Center was leveled to the ground.
 3 March 1989 → A massive dust storm lowered visibility to zero along I-10 in Cochise County, AZ. Chain-reaction accidents involved 25 cars. Two motorists were killed.

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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.

August 18, 2009:

Numerous thunderstorms developed along a stationary front and trained over the same locations producing very heavy rains along with large hail. Nickel size hail falling for several minutes piled up to 6 to 8 inches deep near Harrold in Hughes County. Very heavy rains of 2 to nearly 5 inches resulted in the flash flooding of numerous roads. Several of the roads were washed out. Some rainfall amounts included, 3.05 inches at Warner, 3.15 inches southwest of Bristol, 4.40 inches in Webster, and 4.50 inches east of Warner.


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: 43 (2004)

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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