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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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February 4, 1984:

A fast moving blizzard pounded the northeast and east central with light snow and raging winds. Snow amounts were generally less than 2 inches regionwide. As the storm progressed, temperatures dropped thirty degrees in three hours as winds gusted to 70 mph. Fierce winds struck quickly, plummeting visibilities to zero and making travel difficult in a matter of minutes. No travel was advised across much of the area. Hundreds of travelers became stranded in the white-out and the highway crews were pulled of the road to wait for decreasing winds. There were also some spotty power outages.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 55 (2005) Aberdeen: -36 (1893)
Kennebec: 69 (2005) Kennebec: -29 (1902)
Mobridge: 62 (2005) Mobridge: -27 (1982)
Pierre: 66 (2005) Pierre: -22 (1996)
Sisseton: 53 (2005) Sisseton: -25 (1996)
Timber Lake: 68 (2005) Timber Lake: -28 (1936)
Watertown: 59 (2005) Watertown: -28 (1893)
Wheaton: 54 (1991) Wheaton: -24 (1996)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.45" (1897) Aberdeen: 5.3" (1980)
Kennebec: 0.28" (1997) Kennebec: 5.0" (1997)
Mobridge: 0.24" (1980) Mobridge: 2.2" (1955)
Pierre: 0.22" (1986) Pierre: 2.5" (1997)
Sisseton: 0.26" (1955) Sisseton: 4.0" (1980)
Timber Lake: 0.21" (1916) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1916)
Watertown: 0.29" (1980) Watertown: 6.0" (1997)
Wheaton: 0.35" (1997) Wheaton: 5.0" (1997)


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