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 21 December 1944 → The Battle of the Bulge lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. By this time Germany was clearly losing World War II and Hitler was hoping to regain advantage if the attack would occur in bad weather to prevent the Allied Air Forces from being effective. As the Americans occupied the strategic position of Bastogne, the German army surrounded the city. However because of bad weather, planes were unable to fly and provide supplies by air drop to the American Forces. On December 29 the weather finally cleared up and much needed supplies were received. The Americans then launched a counteroffensive, but soldiers had to fight the cold and snow as well.
 21 December 1967 → The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi, MO was destroyed by an F4 tornado. There were 52 injuries and 3 deaths.

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August 28, 1990:

The deadliest tornado of 1990, killed 29 people and caused at least 350 injures as it ravaged parts of Kendall and Will Counties in northeastern Illinois. The tornado produced F5 damage as it approached the western part of the city of Plainfield. As the tornado travelled through Plainfield and Crest Hill, it destroyed several schools with enrollments totaling over 1,500 pupils. Fortunately, classes had not been scheduled to start until the next day. Oddly, no known photographs or videos of the actual tornado exist. The tornado was embedded in heavy rain and hail during most of its lifetime, thus preventing visual warning of the impending event.

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August 28, 2011:

Several thunderstorms tracking southeast across the region brought very large hail along with damaging winds to parts of the region. Golf ball hail broke some windows on several homes and on the church in Herried in Campbell County. Very large hail up to three inches in diameter caused some vehicle and siding damage in Tolstoy, in Potter County. In Redfield, seventy mph winds downed a tree along with many large tree branches. Also, the metal on a roof was peeled back.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 104 (1937) Aberdeen: 31 (1893)
Kennebec: 105 (2012) Kennebec: 34 (1911)
Mobridge: 103 (1991) Mobridge: 36 (1935)
Pierre: 106 (1991) Pierre: 41 (1988)
Sisseton: 101 (1973) Sisseton: 36 (1965)
Timber Lake: 101 (1991) Timber Lake: 38 (1988)
Watertown: 98 (1984) Watertown: 32 (1965)
Wheaton: 101 (1973) Wheaton: 37 (1965)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (1993)
Kennebec: 1.90" (1975)
Mobridge: 0.66" (2013)
Pierre: 0.66" (1968)
Sisseton: 1.03" (1999)
Timber Lake: 2.01" (2013)
Watertown: 1.41" (1932)
Wheaton: 0.93" (1975)


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