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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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August 22, 1985:

Intense thunderstorms moved from near Shadehill Reservoir in northwest South Dakota late in the evening of the 21st, to northern Brown County after sunrise on the 22nd. These thunderstorms produced strong winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and lightning. Considerable crop and property damage was caused mainly by the strong winds and hail. Winds gusts ranged from 55 mph at Mobridge to 60 mph in and around Akaska. Winds of 70 mph were reported at Onaka and Faulkton. The strongest wind gust was reported in Hoven with a peak gust of 72 mph. Widespread damage was reported throughout the area. Many mobile homes, storage sheds, silos, and roofs were damaged or destroyed. Nine miles south and four miles west of Keldron, over two inches in diameter hail fell for 40 minutes, breaking windows and piling in ditches to a depth of four feet. These intense thunderstorms also produced brief heavy rainfall ranging from three quarters of an inch to over four inches.

August 22, 2011:

The Missouri River at Pierre, Fort Pierre, and Chamberlain/Oacoma fell throughout the month of August as releases on the Oahe Dam were slowly decreased. The Missouri River at Chamberlain/Oacoma fell below flood stage on August 22nd. The extensive damage to homes and roads began to surface as the water receded. The river continued to fall into September.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 105 (1971) Aberdeen: 36 (1904)
Kennebec: 109 (1938) Kennebec: 34 (1923)
Mobridge: 106 (1960) Mobridge: 41 (1945)
Pierre: 105 (1960) Pierre: 45 (1974)
Sisseton: 101 (1947) Sisseton: 41 (1987)
Timber Lake: 104 (2010) Timber Lake: 43 (1916)
Watertown: 98 (1971) Watertown: 35 (1923)
Wheaton: 101 (1976) Wheaton: 39 (1923)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.84" (1978)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1954)
Mobridge: 1.23" (1985)
Pierre: 2.00" (1946)
Sisseton: 1.80" (1998)
Timber Lake: 1.14" (1985)
Watertown: 1.17" (1954)
Wheaton: 1.25" (1998)


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