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 21 April 1887 → Prescott, KS was directly hit by an F4 tornado, resulting in 12 fatalities and 80 homes destroyed. The tornado was part of a family of tornadoes that reduced farms to kindling along a 60 mile path from Anderson County, KS to Bates County, MO. It was one of the most expensive tornado disasters of the 19th Century.
 21 April 1967Tornadoes ravaged northern Illinois. An F4 occurring at 3:50 pm in Belvidere left 24 dead and 500 injured. Seven people were killed at a shopping center, and at least 13 were killed at Belvidere High School. Another F4 at 5:24 pm left 33 dead and 500 injured. This funnel hit Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hometown, and Evergreen Park southwest of Chicago.
 21 April 2002 → An F3 tornado struck Wayne County, IL with winds as high as 200mph. Incredibly, only one life was lost.

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February 25, 1987:

Six to thirty inches of snow fell on this date in 1987 across much of western and central South Dakota. Three to six inches of snow fell in the northeast part of South Dakota. Some of the largest snowfall amounts reported were 30 inches at Phillip, 26 inches at Murdo and Timber Lake, with 15 inches at Rapid City. Numerous accidents occurred in the western and central sections of the state. Many roads were closed including interstate 90 for most of the 27th. Slippery roads were a major factor in the vehicle injuries of three women on Highway 12, six and one-half miles east of Ipswich in the late afternoon of the 27th. The storm began on the 24th and lasted into the 28th.

February 25, 2000:

Unusual February severe thunderstorms produced nickel to quarter size hail in Lyman and Hand counties on this date in 2000.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 70 (1958) Aberdeen: -29 (1919)
Kennebec: 73 (1958) Kennebec: -19 (1962)
Mobridge: 70 (1958) Mobridge: -32 (1919)
Pierre: 72 (1958) Pierre: -17 (2011)
Sisseton: 68 (1958) Sisseton: -15 (1980)
Timber Lake: 70 (1958) Timber Lake: -17 (1962)
Watertown: 63 (1958) Watertown: -18 (1919)
Wheaton: 64 (1958) Wheaton: -18 (1919)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.93" (1904) Aberdeen: 5.5" (1904)
Kennebec: 0.55" (1954) Kennebec: 5.0" (1994)
Mobridge: 0.29" (2000) Mobridge: 3.1" (1946)
Pierre: 0.41" (1930) Pierre: 2.5" (1941)
Sisseton: 0.60" (2000) Sisseton: 2.0" (2001)
Timber Lake: 0.54" (2000) Timber Lake: 3.5" (1950)
Watertown: 0.22" (2007) Watertown: 4.5" (2007)
Wheaton: 0.52" (2001) Wheaton: 8.0" (2001)


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