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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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February 5, 1978:

Another winter blizzard plagued the northern half of the state beginning on February 5th and continuing until the 9th. The unusual aspect of this blizzard was that the wind came from the southeast between 25 to 45 mph. Only one to three inches of new snow accumulation fell during the five-day period but was piled high on the existing large snow drifts. Most of the northern half of the state was paralyzed due to blocked roads. Eighteen counties across the northern part of the state were declared a disaster by the governor. There was also numerous livestock losses.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 57 (1991) Aberdeen: -36 (1907)
Kennebec: 64 (1991) Kennebec: -39 (1936)
Mobridge: 51 (1991) Mobridge: -30 (1936)
Pierre: 61 (1991) Pierre: -25 (1936)
Sisseton: 60 (1963) Sisseton: -29 (1936)
Timber Lake: 56 (1991) Timber Lake: -32 (1936)
Watertown: 55 (1963) Watertown: -31 (1936)
Wheaton: 60 (1963) Wheaton: -31 (1982)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1915) Aberdeen: 10.0" (1915)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1914) Kennebec: 4.0" (1914)
Mobridge: 0.28" (1946) Mobridge: 3.4" (1946)
Pierre: 0.20" (1976) Pierre: 4.5" (1944)
Sisseton: 0.35" (2011) Sisseton: 3.2" (2011)
Timber Lake: 0.27" (1946) Timber Lake: 2.8" (2010)
Watertown: 1.18" (1946) Watertown: 13.5" (1946)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1946) Wheaton: 4.0" (1967) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.