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 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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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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