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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 25, 1983:

Winds of 20 to 30 mph, with occasionally higher gusts, combined with very light falling snow and loose surface snow to cause near-blizzard conditions and dangerously low wind chills in most of South Dakota, as well as in southwest and west central Minnesota, from the early evening of the 23rd into Christmas morning. Visibilities were frequently near zero and four- to five-foot drifts closed the vast majority of roads, making travel impossible. Hundreds of motorists became stranded during the evenings of December 23rd and 24th. In Minnesota, many holiday travelers heading west from Minneapolis and St. Paul drove to central Minnesota before conditions became too severe to continue. Winds and severe cold in the western part of Minnesota caused several power outages as well as the loss of livestock.

In South Dakota, at least 70 vehicles were stalled at one point over a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 90 between Kennebec and Reliance in Lyman County. The Pierre Airport in Hughes County was closed twice on the 23rd as visibility was reduced to zero. Most flights were canceled at Sioux Falls Airport in Minnehaha County, stranding numerous holiday travelers. Sub-zero temperatures, combined with gusts of over 60 mph, produced wind chill indices in the 60 to 100 below zero range. Several cases of frostbite were reported, propane gas solidified, fuel jelled, and water pipes and tanks froze as a result of the extreme cold. In Minnehaha County at Wall Lake, electrical outages of 12 hours were experienced from power lines snapping as a result of the cold and winds.

December 25, 1985:

Very strong winds occurred across the entire area, gusting to 72 mph at Redig in Harding County and to 80 mph at Brookings in Brookings County. The winds produced ground blizzard conditions, forcing some cars off the road and causing many accidents. Many people were stranded in Gettysburg during this time. Eight inches of snow fell in Buffalo over the two day's time and became piled in very high drifts by the winds. Little to no new snow fell across the current Aberdeen forecast area.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 51 (1999) Aberdeen: -25 (1996)
Kennebec: 62 (1928) Kennebec: -18 (1983)
Mobridge: 51 (1963) Mobridge: -17 (1996)
Pierre: 56 (1999) Pierre: -16 (1983)
Sisseton: 54 (1994) Sisseton: -20 (1902)
Timber Lake: 53 (1963) Timber Lake: -22 (1983)
Watertown: 49 (1943) Watertown: -24 (1902)
Wheaton: 49 (1999) Wheaton: -28 (1914)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.36" (1950) Aberdeen: 5.1" (1950)
Kennebec: 0.50" (2009) Kennebec: 12.0" (2009)
Mobridge: 0.23" (2009) Mobridge: 6.4" (2009)
Pierre: 0.48" (2009) Pierre: 7.8" (2009)
Sisseton: 0.55" (2009) Sisseton: 13.9" (2009)
Timber Lake: 1.00" (1916) Timber Lake: 10.0" (2009)
Watertown: 0.24" (2009) Watertown: 5.8" (2009)
Wheaton: 0.45" (1942) Wheaton: 3.9" (2009)


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