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 13 July 1924 → The northern half of Augusta, KS suffered $2,000,000 in damage as an F2 tornado swept through. Three hundred oil drilling rigs outside of town were destroyed.
 13 July 1951 → After very wet weather in June, 8 to 16 inches of additional rain fell on Kansas from July 9 through today, resulting in catastrophic flooding along the Kansas River and her tributaries. In many cases river stages were unknown because the river rose far above the height of any gauge, but some crests were believed to be as much as 9 feet above the former record heights. At the apex of the disaster on the 13th 40,000 people were displaced and nearly two million acres of land were under water in northern Kansas and northwest Missouri.
 13 July 1977 → Four lightning strikes knocked out a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County, NY, plunging New York City into darkness for much of the night. The power company received much criticism for the blackout, while the power company said it was an act of God.
 13 July 1980 → Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Memphis, TN, 108 degrees at Macon, GA, and 105 degrees at Atlanta, GA, established all-time records for those three cities. The high of 110 degrees at Newington, GA, was just two degrees shy of the state record.
 13 July 2000 → A deadly F3 tornado struck the Green Acres Campground near Pine Lake, Alberta killing 11 people.
 13 July 2005 → The warmest temperature ever recorded in Greenland, 78 degrees, was measured at Tasiilaq.

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August 24, 1960:

A man was injured when a barn was blown over by an F2 tornado that touched down near Hayes, in Stanley County. Hail, up to golf ball size accompanied the storm as well as about three inches of rain, causing some damage to crops and a farm house. The sky color in a westerly direction shortly before the tornado hit was described as a distinct shade of green. Evidence suggests that the tornado may have touched down again in northeast Sully County, destroying a barn, a chicken coop, and hay stacks on two farms. Also, precipitation generally in excess of 3 inches and locally 6 to 8 inches was accompanied by severe hail, causing damage to buildings and crops. Hail damage was heaviest in Stanly County. Wind carried away an estimated 400 tons of balled hay in Haakon County. A measured rainfall amount of 5.1 inches in less than six hours occurred in Onida, causing extensive flooding of basements, streets, and cropland. Some other rain fall amounts include 5.58 inches 4 NW of Onida, 4.50 inches 23 N of Highmore, 3.05 inches 2N of Onaka, 3.42 inches in Clear Lake, 3.11 inches in Miller, 3.02 inches in Eureka, 2.55 inches 1 NW of Faulkton, 2.40 inches in Gettysburg, 2.22 inches in Blunt, 2.20 inches at Oahe Dam, and 2.16 inches in Clark.

August 24, 1992:

Hurricane Andrew struck southeast Florida on this date with an estimated maximum sustained surface winds of 145 mph with gusts in excess of 175 mph. Andrew cross Florida and went on to strike south central Louisiana on August 26. Andrew was rated as a category 4 on the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale, thus making it the first category 4 hurricane to strike the United States since Hugo in 1989. Prior to Hugo, Camille, a category 5 hurricane in August 1969, was the last hurricane rated 4 of higher to strike the United States. Damage resulting from Andrew estimated at 20 to 25 billion billions, making it the most expensive natural disasters in United States history.

August 24, 1998:

A line of severe thunderstorms moved rapidly southeast across Sully, Hyde, and Hand counties during the morning hours, producing destructive winds up to 100 mph and hail up to the size of baseballs. The winds and hail damaged or destroyed a wide swath of sunflowers and corn. Four highline power poles south of Highmore on Highway 47 were snapped off. The school in Highmore had twenty screens shredded by the hail and the winds. On a farm northeast of Onida, a grain bin was blown over a distance of 200 yards.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1929) Aberdeen: 38 (1934)
Kennebec: 106 (1936) Kennebec: 39 (1928)
Mobridge: 102 (1991) Mobridge: 38 (1928)
Pierre: 107 (2001) Pierre: 42 (1934)
Sisseton: 98 (1976) Sisseton: 37 (1934)
Timber Lake: 98 (1991) Timber Lake: 37 (1934)
Watertown: 105 (1936) Watertown: 34 (1934)
Wheaton: 102 (1949) Wheaton: 38 (1923)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.03" (1960)
Kennebec: 1.20" (1982)
Mobridge: 0.95" (1995)
Pierre: 2.12" (1903)
Sisseton: 1.31" (1995)
Timber Lake: 0.97" (1998)
Watertown: 0.71" (1941)
Wheaton: 1.84" (1995)


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