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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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December 16, 1967:

With temperatures in the upper 20s, heavy freezing rain fell in west central and southwest Minnesota at night on the 16th, causing widespread ice accumulations on all exposed surfaces, and power and telephone poles and lines went down over a wide region. Some places were without power and phone service for three to four days. This storm was classified as the most severe ice storm in the past 20 years in some areas. Reports were received of turkeys and other poultry dying due to the cold in rural areas. 20 to 30 cars were in the ditch on one slick stretch of road in Rock County. Further west, throughout eastern South Dakota, freezing rain for most of the day formed ice from 3/8 to 3/4 inch on exposed surfaces. Extensive damage was caused to utility lines. All roads became dangerous for traveling, and one death was directly linked to the ice storm. The ice cut off a regular water supply, causing one person to attempt to get water from a cistern. She slipped on the ice into the cistern. Three deaths were indirectly related to the ice storm; two due to automobile accidents, and one due to a heart attack.

December 16, 1985:

Two to six inches of snow fell in a band from Mobridge in Walworth County to south of Sioux Falls. Six inches fell five miles south of the Sioux Falls airport, at Beresford in Union County, and at Miller in Hand County. Mobridge received two inches and Timber Lake and Faulkton received three inches, while five inches accumulated in northern Hyde County and in Gettysburg.

December 16, 2000:

Northwest winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts to 60 mph, combined with newly fallen snow and arctic air to bring widespread blizzard conditions and extreme wind chills as low as 70 below zero to west central Minnesota and much of South Dakota from late on the 15th through the 16th. Events were canceled, travel was shut down, and some motorists were stranded. Both US Highway 12 and Interstate 29 in South Dakota were closed throughout the day. As an indirect result of the low visibility, a semi truck hit and totaled a pickup truck in the snow just west of Clark. The semi truck received nine thousand dollars worth of damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 62 (1962) Aberdeen: -28 (1951)
Kennebec: 62 (1939) Kennebec: -28 (1951)
Mobridge: 62 (1962) Mobridge: -27 (1951)
Pierre: 64 (1962) Pierre: -24 (1951)
Sisseton: 60 (1962) Sisseton: -18 (1953)
Timber Lake: 61 (1962) Timber Lake: -26 (1945)
Watertown: 58 (1939) Watertown: -24 (1914)
Wheaton: 55 (1986) Wheaton: -21 (1983)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.58" (1904) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1939) Kennebec: 4.0" (1921)
Mobridge: 0.25" (1912) Mobridge: 2.1" (1999)
Pierre: 0.13" (1985) Pierre: 1.3" (1985)
Sisseton: 0.35" (2000) Sisseton: 2.2" (2010)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1985) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1985)
Watertown: 0.25" (1904) Watertown: 3.0" (1915)
Wheaton: 0.35" (1984) Wheaton: 4.5" (2010)


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