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 17 April 1922 → Seven tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile swath from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, OH, killing 16 people. There were three F2s, two F3s, and two F4s. A post card, picked up in Madison County, IN was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory, OH.
 17 April 1935 → A hailstone reportedly 8" in diameter hit near Ponca City, OK.
 17 April 1952 → Massive flooding throughout the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest reached its peak. Large portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Iowa were inundated. At Sioux City, IA the Missouri River raced by at 30 mph filled with telephone poles, trees, furniture, and other debris from upstream. In the Omaha/Council Bluffs area 30,000 people were evacuated. At St Paul, MN the Mississippi hit a record high and forced 7000 people from their homes.
 17 April 1953 → A storm containing hail, ice, snow, sleet, and rain battered Oklahoma, with 10,000 claims turned into insurance companies.
 17 April 2004 → A 182-day long streak of no measurable rain began in San Diego, CA. The streak ended on October 17.

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December 11, 1965:

Ice up to 3 inches thick, with even more in some locations, accumulated from freezing rain on utility lines and trees in northern South Dakota, causing extensive damage. The damage was estimated at $1 million each to telephone lines and power lines, with the greatest losses in the northeast quarter of the state. The first accumulation of the glaze began as a heavy rime due to dense fog and freezing temperatures prior to the 11th. Freezing rain, which started the afternoon of the 11th and continued into the 12th, formed a coating of ice over the heavy rime accumulation. The glaze remained for a week or more in most areas. In west central Minnesota, freezing drizzle and freezing rain at night on the 11th caused ice accumulations of 1/2 to 1 inch thick on roads, telephone, and electric wires, as well as tree limbs. Power and other services were disrupted over a wide region. Some services were out for up to four days.

December 11, 2004:

High winds gusting to around 60 mph caused some spotty damage in northeast South Dakota. In Watertown, some trees were downed. One tree fell onto a house, causing some minor damage. In Milbank, two rail cars were blown down a railroad track and derailed.

December 11, 2010:

A strong Alberta Clipper came across the region bringing snowfall, strong northwest winds, along with bitter cold Arctic air from the early morning until the late afternoon. Snowfall of 1 to 5 inches combined with 25 to 35 mph winds gusting to 45 mph brought widespread blizzard conditions across much of northeast South Dakota. Travel was significantly disrupted or halted as a result with many events cancelled. The blizzard was short-lived from the mid morning hours into the early afternoon hours. The snowfall began between midnight and 2 am CST and ended from 2 to 4 pm CST in the afternoon.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 59 (1939) Aberdeen: -22 (1927)
Kennebec: 68 (1939) Kennebec: -17 (1962)
Mobridge: 64 (1939) Mobridge: -22 (1917)
Pierre: 64 (1939) Pierre: -16 (1972)
Sisseton: 58 (1939) Sisseton: -19 (1945)
Timber Lake: 64 (1939) Timber Lake: -18 (1962)
Watertown: 55 (1939) Watertown: -20 (1945)
Wheaton: 48 (1998) Wheaton: -15 (1972)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1909) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1909)
Kennebec: 0.71" (1965) Kennebec: 6.0" (1909)
Mobridge: 0.79" (1965) Mobridge: 5.3" (1949)
Pierre: 0.34" (1965) Pierre: 3.2" (1949)
Sisseton: 0.90" (1949) Sisseton: 4.0" (1932)
Timber Lake: 1.08" (1949) Timber Lake: 8.2" (1949)
Watertown: 0.69" (1965) Watertown: 4.0" (1932)
Wheaton: 0.97" (1949) Wheaton: 1.5" (1995)


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