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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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January 15, 1982:

On this day in 1982, up to four inches of snow and powerful northwest winds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph created blizzard conditions with widespread drifting across much of South Dakota and Minnesota from the early morning of the 15th to mid afternoon on the 16th. Wind chills were lowered to 50 to 80 degrees below zero and visibilities were near zero across most of the area. One death was attributed to exposure with the death of a 75 year old Milbank man. There were numerous weather related accidents. Some of the major accidents included: a truck blown off Interstate 90 near Murdo injuring the driver; a truck blown off Highway 281 and turned upside down in a ditch, and a truck slamming into a bridge on Interstate 90 near Murdo. The extreme cold killed numerous fruit trees at a nursery in Watertown.

January 15, 1985:

Heavy snow fell in central and south central South Dakota from early evening of the 15th to around noon on the 16th with areas around Pierre receiving up to 18 inches. Generally 5 to 10 inches fell with numerous minor traffic accidents reported. Interstate 90 had a no travel advisory in a 95-mile stretch from Kimball to Murdo until the afternoon of the 16th due to low visibility and heavy drifting. Also, many schools and businesses were closed. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Kennebec, 6 inches at Murdo, and 10 inches at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 48 (1942) Aberdeen: -42 (2009)
Kennebec: 60 (2006) Kennebec: -30 (2009)
Mobridge: 51 (1942) Mobridge: -33 (2009)
Pierre: 54 (2006) Pierre: -27 (1972)
Sisseton: 47 (1990) Sisseton: -31 (2009)
Timber Lake: 51 (1942) Timber Lake: -32 (1972)
Watertown: 46 (1919) Watertown: -35 (1972)
Wheaton: 43 (1931) Wheaton: -32 (1917)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1953) Aberdeen: 3.5" (1953)
Kennebec: 0.31" (2003) Kennebec: 5.5" (2003)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1915) Mobridge: 6.0" (1915)
Pierre: 0.91" (1985) Pierre: 10.0" (2003)
Sisseton: 0.38" (1980) Sisseton: 3.0" (1953)
Timber Lake: 0.55" (1943) Timber Lake: 3.3" (1949)
Watertown: 0.45" (1956) Watertown: 6.0" (1909)
Wheaton: 0.68" (1953) Wheaton: 5.0" (1980)


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