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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 18, 1979:

A strong area of low pressure moving across the region brought widespread heavy snow of 5 to 10 inches to much of Minnesota from the 18th through the 20th. Travel was difficult if not impossible in many areas where there was near blizzard conditions. Schools and businesses closed along with many flights cancelled.

January 18, 1999:

One to 4 inches of snowfall combined with winds of 30 to 45 miles an hour brought blizzard conditions to part of northeast South Dakota. Highway 12 and Interstate 29 were most affected by the low visibilities. There was a seven car pileup on Highway 12 near Andover with minor injuries. As a result, traffic was shut off in the westbound lanes for a few hours. Over 200 people were stranded overnight at a restaurant near Summit. There was also a rollover north of Summit which resulted in minor injuries. One traveler said the visibility was frequently near zero.

January 18, 2010:

Dense freezing fog created very low visibilities to 1/16 of a mile along with icy roads which contributed to a multi-vehicle wreck 11 miles south of Watertown. The accident killed three people and injured two others. Five vehicles, including a grain truck, were involved in the wreck about 930 am near the intersection of U.S. Highway 81 and State Highway 22.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 51 (1944) Aberdeen: -34 (1970)
Kennebec: 60 (1964) Kennebec: -25 (1943)
Mobridge: 53 (1991) Mobridge: -36 (1943)
Pierre: 54 (1964) Pierre: -27 (1970)
Sisseton: 48 (1944) Sisseton: -28 (1994)
Timber Lake: 68 (1919) Timber Lake: -38 (1943)
Watertown: 47 (1923) Watertown: -31 (1970)
Wheaton: 45 (1991) Wheaton: -32 (1994)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.40" (1913) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1913)
Kennebec: 0.60" (1926) Kennebec: 6.0" (1926)
Mobridge: 0.16" (1979) Mobridge: 2.5" (1959)
Pierre: 0.66" (1926) Pierre: 1.4" (1978)
Sisseton: 0.14" (1996) Sisseton: 1.5" (1996)
Timber Lake: 0.20" (1926) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1926)
Watertown: 0.48" (1996) Watertown: 5.0" (1920)
Wheaton: 1.22" (1996) Wheaton: 15.0" (1996) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.