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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 27, 1983:

High winds tore through Glenham and Wakpala, destroying several structures and damaging crops. The worst damage occurred in Glenham, in Walworth County, where two mobile homes were destroyed, the roof of a school torn off, and trees limbs down. A tall TV antenna was blown over and a boat was blown off a trailer. Highs winds also tore through the Bowdle area, downing power lines and tree limbs. Numerous roofs were also damaged.

August 27, 2013:

Numerous severe thunderstorms brought large hail along with wind gusts from 60 to 90 mph to parts of north central and northeast South Dakota. Numerous trees were downed along with many structures damaged. Eighty mph winds near Polo in Hand County snapped off two large cottonwood trees. Ninety mph winds snapped numerous trees off at their base along with destroying a garage and tipping several campers over onto their side at Cottonwood Lake near Redfield.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 106 (1973) Aberdeen: 38 (1967)
Kennebec: 108 (1973) Kennebec: 37 (1906)
Mobridge: 106 (2010) Mobridge: 41 (1935)
Pierre: 110 (1973) Pierre: 41 (1992)
Sisseton: 103 (1973) Sisseton: 39 (1986)
Timber Lake: 106 (1937) Timber Lake: 40 (1935)
Watertown: 100 (1973) Watertown: 38 (1914)
Wheaton: 101 (1973) Wheaton: 39 (1982)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.67" (1975)
Kennebec: 0.70" (1998)
Mobridge: 0.92" (1929)
Pierre: 1.66" (1975)
Sisseton: 0.65" (1936)
Timber Lake: 1.33" (1998)
Watertown: 1.42" (1927)
Wheaton: 2.31" (1927)


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