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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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August 20, 1904:

A destructive, estimated F4 tornado moved ESE from 7 miles WNW of Willow Lake, through the town, and on into Bryant. Most of the damaged occurred in those two towns. All buildings on at least three farms were blown away. One woman died in Bryant, Hamlin County, as the tornado swept across the residential west side of town. Another man was killed just west of Willow Lake, as his farm house was scattered for miles.

August 20, 1988:

More than 150,000 acres were consumed during one of many fires in Yellowstone. This was the single worst day of the fires and was later dubbed Black Saturday. More Yellowstone land burned on this day, than all other fires combined since the establishment of the park in 1872. Ash from the fires drifted as far away as Billings, Montana.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1976) Aberdeen: 33 (1950)
Kennebec: 107 (1976) Kennebec: 34 (1950)
Mobridge: 102 (1955) Mobridge: 40 (1950)
Pierre: 108 (1976) Pierre: 43 (1950)
Sisseton: 102 (1976) Sisseton: 39 (2004)
Timber Lake: 104 (1942) Timber Lake: 37 (1956)
Watertown: 97 (1955) Watertown: 37 (1950)
Wheaton: 104 (1976) Wheaton: 39 (1950)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.68" (1980)
Kennebec: 1.60" (1916)
Mobridge: 1.65" (1959)
Pierre: 0.96" (1979)
Sisseton: 2.24" (1966)
Timber Lake: 1.07" (1979)
Watertown: 4.32" (2002)
Wheaton: 2.03" (1966)


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