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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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January 2, 1999:

Heavy snow of 6 to 8 inches fell across part of northeast South Dakota from the late afternoon hours of the 1st to the early morning hours of the 2nd. Strong north winds of 15 to 30 mph combined with temperatures in the single digits generated wind chills from 25 to 40 below and visibilities below 1/4 of a mile at times. Holiday travel along Interstate-29 and Highway 12 was most affected by this winter storm. There were some travel delays and some stranded motorists as a result. Some snowfall amounts included, 6 inches at Kidder, Victor, Sisseton, Webster, Waubay, Wilmot, and 8 inches at Britton and near Peever.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 50 (1963) Aberdeen: -30 (2010)
Kennebec: 66 (1998) Kennebec: -23 (2010)
Mobridge: 55 (1963) Mobridge: -33 (1928)
Pierre: 63 (1998) Pierre: -17 (1942)
Sisseton: 54 (1964) Sisseton: -35 (2010)
Timber Lake: 55 (1962) Timber Lake: -27 (1928)
Watertown: 49 (1998) Watertown: -32 (1928)
Wheaton: 47 (1964) Wheaton: -30 (2010)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1914) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1937)
Kennebec: 1.44" (1907) Kennebec: 9.0" (1907)
Mobridge: 0.28" (1943) Mobridge: 5.5" (1943)
Pierre: 0.39" (1907) Pierre: 4.5" (1907)
Sisseton: 0.56" (1937) Sisseton: 11.3" (1976)
Timber Lake: 0.36" (1943) Timber Lake: 2.6" (1943)
Watertown: 0.36" (1975) Watertown: 6.0" (1937)
Wheaton: 0.85" (1937) Wheaton: 5.0" (1999)


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