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 13 July 1924 → The northern half of Augusta, KS suffered $2,000,000 in damage as an F2 tornado swept through. Three hundred oil drilling rigs outside of town were destroyed.
 13 July 1951 → After very wet weather in June, 8 to 16 inches of additional rain fell on Kansas from July 9 through today, resulting in catastrophic flooding along the Kansas River and her tributaries. In many cases river stages were unknown because the river rose far above the height of any gauge, but some crests were believed to be as much as 9 feet above the former record heights. At the apex of the disaster on the 13th 40,000 people were displaced and nearly two million acres of land were under water in northern Kansas and northwest Missouri.
 13 July 1977 → Four lightning strikes knocked out a key electrical transmission line in Westchester County, NY, plunging New York City into darkness for much of the night. The power company received much criticism for the blackout, while the power company said it was an act of God.
 13 July 1980 → Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Memphis, TN, 108 degrees at Macon, GA, and 105 degrees at Atlanta, GA, established all-time records for those three cities. The high of 110 degrees at Newington, GA, was just two degrees shy of the state record.
 13 July 2000 → A deadly F3 tornado struck the Green Acres Campground near Pine Lake, Alberta killing 11 people.
 13 July 2005 → The warmest temperature ever recorded in Greenland, 78 degrees, was measured at Tasiilaq.

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December 27, 1959:

Precipitation began as freezing rain on the morning of the 27th throughout the eastern half of South Dakota, changing to snow mixed with occasional sleet late on the 27th, then continued as mostly snow through the late afternoon of the 28th. Glaze caused extensive breakage of tree limbs and power and telephone lines in southeast sections of the state and in scattered communities in the northeast counties. More than 40 communities were without telephone service for more than 24 hours. Highway travel was very dangerous; one man was killed when a tractor skidded on an icy highway and overturned on him in Kingsbury County. Strong winds averaging 20 to 25 mph both dates increased breakage of ice-laded utility wires and caused drifting and blocking of highways by the 3 to 6 inch snowfall. Damage and repair costs to utility lines were estimated at $400,000.

December 27, 1987:

A winter storm gave some freezing rain and snow to southern and eastern South Dakota and southwest and west central Minnesota on the 27th and 28th. In Minnesota, freezing rain began Sunday morning the 27th before changing to heavy snow, which extended into the 28th. The heaviest snowfall was across the high terrain of southwest Minnesota. In southern and eastern South Dakota, six to twelve inches of snow fell. Strong northwest winds of 20-40 mph hampered travel and snow removal. Snow drifts up to 6 feet deep were common. Across many areas of southern Minnesota, visibilities were reduced to zero due to blowing snow. Snowfall amounts in South Dakota included 12 inches in DeSmet; 10 inches in Wessington Springs and Madison; 9 inches in Huron; 8 inches in Pierre, Brookings, Mission and McCook County; 7 inches in Sioux Falls, Kadoka, Pine Ridge, and Martin. 8 inches also fell in Watertown and Highmore, with 7 inches at Bryant and 6 inches in Clear Lake.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 54 (1928) Aberdeen: -29 (1914)
Kennebec: 67 (1928) Kennebec: -22 (1894)
Mobridge: 57 (1928) Mobridge: -19 (1933)
Pierre: 54 (1980) Pierre: -9 (1951)
Sisseton: 48 (1986) Sisseton: -24 (1993)
Timber Lake: 58 (1980) Timber Lake: -15 (1996)
Watertown: 50 (1928) Watertown: -27 (1924)
Wheaton: 51 (1928) Wheaton: -27 (1924)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.35" (1904) Aberdeen: 2.9" (1969)
Kennebec: 0.35" (1987) Kennebec: 6.0" (1987)
Mobridge: 0.21" (1969) Mobridge: 5.0" (1969)
Pierre: 0.71" (1987) Pierre: 7.1" (1987)
Sisseton: 0.20" (1959) Sisseton: 2.0" (1949)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1969) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1969)
Watertown: 0.25" (1969) Watertown: 2.5" (1969)
Wheaton: 0.55" (1988) Wheaton: 6.0" (1988)


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