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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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February 27, 1969:

Snowfall of up to 15 inches blocked many roads in South Dakota. Freezing rain formed a glaze on many utility lines resulting in extensive damage to the lines. The greatest damage occurred in the north central part of the state.

February 27, 1996:

Across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota, a strong area of low pressure brought 4 to 11 inches of snow from the late afternoon of the 26th to the late evening of the 27th. Along with the snow came strong cold north winds of 20 to 40 mph, creating near blizzard conditions at times. Wind chills were from 20 below to 60 below. Some schools were closed or started late the 27th along with some activities canceled. Snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Sisseton, 5 inches at Aberdeen, Redfield, near Reliance, Wheaton, Browns Valley, Britton, and Gettysburg. Other snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Lebanon, Hoven, Miller, Webster, Eden, Frederick, and Seneca, 7 inches near Chelsea and Mellette, 8 inches at Roscoe and east of Hosmer, Tulare and near Milbank, 9 inches south of Ree Heights, 8 to 10 inches in the Ortonville area, and 11 inches at Wilmot.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 65 (1895) Aberdeen: -23 (2001)
Kennebec: 67 (1932) Kennebec: -25 (1922)
Mobridge: 65 (1988) Mobridge: -21 (1941)
Pierre: 68 (1998) Pierre: -12 (2011)
Sisseton: 60 (1932) Sisseton: -17 (1962)
Timber Lake: 65 (1988) Timber Lake: -19 (1941)
Watertown: 60 (1921) Watertown: -23 (1962)
Wheaton: 60 (1932) Wheaton: -16 (2009)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.55" (1903) Aberdeen: 13.6" (1969)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1987) Kennebec: 6.0" (1903)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1930) Mobridge: 5.6" (1958)
Pierre: 1.02" (1958) Pierre: 10.2" (1958)
Sisseton: 0.98" (1958) Sisseton: 6.0" (1948)
Timber Lake: 0.87" (1987) Timber Lake: 11.0" (1987)
Watertown: 0.49" (1948) Watertown: 3.8" (1996)
Wheaton: 0.44" (1996) Wheaton: 9.3" (2009) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.