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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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December 26, 1988:

Moderate to heavy snow fell across western and northern South Dakota, as well as across most of Minnesota, from the evening of the 25th through the morning of the 27th. Much of the northern one-half to two-thirds of Minnesota and the western and northern sections of South Dakota were blanketed with 6-12 inches of new snow. Numerous accidents and minor injuries were indirectly related to the snowy conditions. Several snowfall amounts in South Dakota included 12 inches at Timber Lake; 10 to 12 inches at Seneca and Hoven; 11 inches at Aberdeen; 8 inches at Pierre, Eureka and Blunt; 7 inches at Chelsea, Redfield, Cottonwood, and Rapid City; and 6 inches at Ferney, Huron, and Eden. In Minnesota, 8 inches fell in Browns Valley, 6 inches fell at Wheaton, and 5 inches accumulated at Artichoke Lake.

December 26, 1993:

Strong winds accompanied one to four inches of snow in northeast and part of southeast South Dakota on the 24th through 26th, although ten inches of snow fell at Deerfield in the Black Hills. The strong winds damaged the roof of a retirement home being constructed at Alexandria just southeast of Mitchell in southeast South Dakota.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (1907) Aberdeen: -29 (1990)
Kennebec: 60 (1907) Kennebec: -26 (1996)
Mobridge: 53 (1956) Mobridge: -27 (1933)
Pierre: 55 (1947) Pierre: -22 (1996)
Sisseton: 52 (1994) Sisseton: -27 (1950)
Timber Lake: 53 (2005) Timber Lake: -25 (1996)
Watertown: 45 (1959) Watertown: -26 (1902)
Wheaton: 48 (1994) Wheaton: -30 (1914)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1916) Aberdeen: 8.6" (1988)
Kennebec: 0.50" (2009) Kennebec: 10.0" (2009)
Mobridge: 0.32" (1988) Mobridge: 7.0" (1988)
Pierre: 0.32" (1988) Pierre: 5.0" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.33" (1988) Sisseton: 6.0" (1988)
Timber Lake: 0.75" (1988) Timber Lake: 12.0" (1988)
Watertown: 0.15" (1959) Watertown: 2.0" (1904)
Wheaton: 0.25" (1950) Wheaton: 4.0" (1950) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.