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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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August 21, 1989:

Extensive crop damage was done from Correll in Big Stone County to 10 miles north of Appleton. Baseball size hail caused near 100 percent crop damage. Most of Swift County also received 4 to 8 inches of rain.

August 21, 2007:

Thunderstorms produced large hail in southeast South Dakota, mainly near the Missouri River, during the late afternoon and early evening of August 21st. Very large hail fell in the Dante area in Charles Mix County, including a state record size hailstone certified as 6 and 7/8 inches in diameter. Very large hail broke windows, dented vehicles, and damaged roofs in Wagner. Crop damage was also reported. The largest stone was verified at 6 1/8 inches in diameter with a weight of 1.25 pounds. The amount of property and crop damage was not known. A larger hailstone was verified in the town of Dante with 6 7/8 inches in diameter. The storm also produced numerous stones around softball size. Damage included holes in roofs, broken rafters, broken awnings, numerous broken windows and dented vehicles, damaged siding, divots in the ground up to 12 inches long and 3 inches deep, and damaged crops. The amount of property and crop damage was not known. The state record hailstone was broken on July 30th, 2010 with the United States record hailstone in Vivian.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 105 (1947) Aberdeen: 37 (2004)
Kennebec: 104 (1976) Kennebec: 39 (1986)
Mobridge: 105 (1947) Mobridge: 44 (1920)
Pierre: 104 (1947) Pierre: 43 (1986)
Sisseton: 102 (1947) Sisseton: 35 (2004)
Timber Lake: 103 (1947) Timber Lake: 42 (1939)
Watertown: 99 (1976) Watertown: 38 (2004)
Wheaton: 101 (1976) Wheaton: 38 (1925)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.80" (1916)
Kennebec: 0.75" (1963)
Mobridge: 1.90" (1930)
Pierre: 0.94" (1906)
Sisseton: 2.58" (1964)
Timber Lake: 1.23" (1954)
Watertown: 2.73" (1916)
Wheaton: 2.32" (1916)


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