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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 15, 1983:

Up to five inches of snow on the 14th and 15th, combined with strong winds, produced blocked roads and numerous school closings on the 15th throughout most of the eastern third of South Dakota. No travel was advised from late afternoon on the 14th due to low visibility and blocked roads in Roberts and Brookings Counties. The conditions contributed some to several traffic accidents. Meanwhile, snow also spread across Minnesota on December 13th and diminished late on the 15th. Snow accumulations ranged from 1 to 2 inches in west central Minnesota to higher amounts over 10 inches to the east. Winds increased and temperatures began to fall on December 14th as an arctic cold front pushed through the state. The strongest winds occurred during the night of December 14th and into the morning of December 15th. Near-blizzard conditions developed in the southwest and west central sections of Minnesota where the visibility was reported to be near zero with winds of 20 to 30 mph. The wind chill index dropped to 30 below to 60 below zero. Blowing and drifting snow conditions occurred to some degree throughout all of Minnesota. Many roads were closed due to drifts. Drifting snow continued during the evening of December 15th as the winds and snowfall gradually diminished. This event, associated with an arctic cold front, was the beginning of what would become, and still remains, the coldest stretch of December days on record across most of the area. For the next nine days, beginning on December 16th, Aberdeen did not warm above -6 degrees, enduring temperatures as low as -34 F and high temperatures as low as -15 F. Other stations around the region had very similar cold temperatures during the December 16th through December 24th time period, with temperatures warming into single digits above zero on Christmas Day.

December 15, 2003:

Heavy snow of 8 to 10 inches fell in the Roy Lake and Veblen areas of Marshall County from late morning on the 15th to early morning on the 16th.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 60 (1939) Aberdeen: -24 (1917)
Kennebec: 64 (1939) Kennebec: -25 (1922)
Mobridge: 60 (1939) Mobridge: -23 (1927)
Pierre: 63 (1939) Pierre: -21 (1951)
Sisseton: 57 (1939) Sisseton: -22 (1901)
Timber Lake: 58 (1959) Timber Lake: -26 (1989)
Watertown: 56 (1939) Watertown: -24 (1917)
Wheaton: 54 (1998) Wheaton: -21 (1961)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.40" (1893) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1893)
Kennebec: 0.30" (1990) Kennebec: 4.0" (1990)
Mobridge: 0.04" (1964) Mobridge: 1.1" (2000)
Pierre: 0.32" (1902) Pierre: 3.6" (1902)
Sisseton: 0.45" (1902) Sisseton: 4.5" (1902)
Timber Lake: 0.20" (1986) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1986)
Watertown: 0.18" (1990) Watertown: 1.9" (1992)
Wheaton: 0.36" (2008) Wheaton: 5.0" (2008) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.