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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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December 22, 1988:

Moderate to heavy snow occurred across northeastern South Dakota on the 22nd. Some of the larger amounts measured were 7 inches at Columbia, 6.5 inches at Aberdeen, and 5 inches at Faulkton and Britton.

December 22, 1990:

Strong northwest winds, combined with air temperatures below zero, created wind chills from -40 to -65 degrees F over west central Minnesota early in the day on the 22nd. Air temperatures were generally in the -20 to -25 F range, with afternoon highs around 15 below zero.

December 22, 1993:

Strong northwest winds gusted to 35 miles per hour and caused near-whiteout conditions over a wide area of southwest and west central Minnesota during the late afternoon on the 21st into the early morning of the 22nd. Several car accidents ensued. A 30-year old man was killed when he lost control of his truck and slid into a ditch in the near-blizzard conditions.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 59 (1893) Aberdeen: -28 (1990)
Kennebec: 63 (1982) Kennebec: -29 (1989)
Mobridge: 59 (1954) Mobridge: -30 (1989)
Pierre: 59 (1936) Pierre: -25 (1989)
Sisseton: 52 (1986) Sisseton: -22 (2008)
Timber Lake: 56 (1954) Timber Lake: -34 (1989)
Watertown: 47 (1957) Watertown: -29 (1916)
Wheaton: 51 (1986) Wheaton: -25 (1916)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.38" (1988) Aberdeen: 6.5" (1988)
Kennebec: 0.60" (1968) Kennebec: 7.0" (1996)
Mobridge: 0.30" (1916) Mobridge: 4.6" (1969)
Pierre: 0.37" (1988) Pierre: 4.0" (1945)
Sisseton: 0.71" (1968) Sisseton: 9.5" (1969)
Timber Lake: 0.26" (1969) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1969)
Watertown: 0.65" (1968) Watertown: 6.0" (1968)
Wheaton: 0.55" (1968) Wheaton: 5.0" (1968)


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