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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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February 8, 2000:

Very warm air was over central and northeast South Dakota where record highs were set in Aberdeen, Pierre, and Sisseton. Aberdeen rose to 62 degrees, Sisseton rose to 53 degrees, and Pierre rose to a warm 69 degrees.

February 8, 2001:

Heavy snow of 6 to 16 inches fell across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota resulting in school and activity cancellations, closing of some businesses, and difficult if not impossible travel. Several people became stranded and had to be rescued. There were also flight cancellations and delays along with some vehicle accidents resulting in minor injuries. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Mound City, Mobridge, Eureka, 7 inches at Wheaton, Milbank and 6 SE McIntosh, 8 inches at Aberdeen, Ipswich, Selby, Iona, Artichoke Lake, and Britton, 9 inches at Clark, 1 S Columbia, Isabel, Webster, and Browns Valley, and 10 inches at Roscoe, Watertown, and 1 W of Summit. Locations with snowfall of a foot included, Mission Ridge, Murdo, 4 NW Onida, Castlewood, 23 N Highmore, and Timber Lake. Thirteen inches of snow fell at Canning, and Fort Pierre, 14 inches fell at Gettysburg, Eagle Butte, and Pierre with 15 inches at Miller and 16 inches of snow at Clear Lake, Mellette, and Faulkton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 62 (2000) Aberdeen: -46 (1895)
Kennebec: 69 (1954) Kennebec: -36 (1899)
Mobridge: 66 (1954) Mobridge: -31 (1933)
Pierre: 69 (2000) Pierre: -29 (1994)
Sisseton: 53 (2000) Sisseton: -28 (1933)
Timber Lake: 64 (1954) Timber Lake: -32 (1939)
Watertown: 57 (2002) Watertown: -35 (1899)
Wheaton: 54 (1991) Wheaton: -27 (1979)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.36" (1937) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1937)
Kennebec: 0.18" (2001) Kennebec: 6.0" (1994)
Mobridge: 0.22" (2009) Mobridge: 3.2" (2005)
Pierre: 0.28" (1909) Pierre: 5.0" (2001)
Sisseton: 0.40" (2010) Sisseton: 4.0" (1994)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (2001) Timber Lake: 3.5" (2001)
Watertown: 0.29" (1966) Watertown: 7.5" (1994)
Wheaton: 1.02" (1937) Wheaton: 5.5" (2001)


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