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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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December 9, 1961:

A snowstorm moved through the area and dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow east of the Missouri River and 1 to 3 inches to the west of the river from late afternoon on the 8th through late afternoon on the 9th. The storm was accompanied by high winds, blowing snow, slippery highways, and temperatures falling to near zero. Three men were killed and one injured in a two-car crash near Watertown as snow and blowing snow sharply reduced visibilities. A skidding accident on a slippery highway near Winner resulted in an automobile fatality of one man. In a rural area near Vale, in Meade County, one man abandoned his stalled automobile and was found the next day, frozen to death. 6 inches of snow fell at Sisseton and Wheaton, with 5 inches at Aberdeen and Watertown and 3 inches at Mobridge. Only an inch fell at Pierre.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 61 (1939) Aberdeen: -27 (1955)
Kennebec: 69 (1957) Kennebec: -22 (1958)
Mobridge: 67 (1939) Mobridge: -32 (1917)
Pierre: 70 (1939) Pierre: -16 (1955)
Sisseton: 64 (2006) Sisseton: -22 (1955)
Timber Lake: 66 (1939) Timber Lake: -27 (1977)
Watertown: 59 (1939) Watertown: -24 (1927)
Wheaton: 57 (1990) Wheaton: -24 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.25" (1924) Aberdeen: 2.5" (1924)
Kennebec: 0.32" (2012) Kennebec: 4.5" (2012)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1970) Mobridge: 3.3" (1970)
Pierre: 0.10" (1903) Pierre: 1.0" (1944)
Sisseton: 0.42" (1961) Sisseton: 4.5" (1961)
Timber Lake: 0.20" (1918) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1966)
Watertown: 0.35" (1918) Watertown: 2.0" (1961)
Wheaton: 0.19" (1961) Wheaton: 3.0" (1961) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.