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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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January 24, 1972:

Snowfall of a dusting to as much as 8 inches accompanied by 30 to 40 mph winds resulted in widespread blowing and drifting snow across much of South Dakota. Many roads were blocked by the heavy drifting. Visibilities were near zero at times. Many activities were cancelled or postponed.

January 24, 1985:

Blizzard conditions associated with an Arctic front moved into western Minnesota and northeast South Dakota during the afternoon and continued into the evening. The blizzard brought travel to a standstill. Winds increased to 40 to 60 mph. Many roads were closed due to drifts of snow. Temperatures fell rapidly behind the front with wind chills of 30 to 50 below zero overnight. There were a number of accidents and stranded motorists. Many vehicles went into the ditch with many people stranded. The National Guard was called upon to search for stranded motorists. Portions of northeast South Dakota experienced near blizzard conditions as wind speeds gusted to near 60 mph with dangerous travel conditions.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 60 (1981) Aberdeen: -35 (1915)
Kennebec: 69 (1981) Kennebec: -38 (1894)
Mobridge: 57 (1981) Mobridge: -25 (1961)
Pierre: 67 (1981) Pierre: -22 (1961)
Sisseton: 65 (1981) Sisseton: -37 (1936)
Timber Lake: 60 (2005) Timber Lake: -25 (1961)
Watertown: 65 (1981) Watertown: -36 (1904)
Wheaton: 61 (1981) Wheaton: -27 (1952)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.48" (1956) Aberdeen: 5.0" (1956)
Kennebec: 0.16" (1956) Kennebec: 4.0" (1956)
Mobridge: 0.22" (1956) Mobridge: 2.8" (1972)
Pierre: 0.30" (1956) Pierre: 3.1" (1956)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1950) Sisseton: 6.0" (1950)
Timber Lake: 1.12" (1950) Timber Lake: 9.5" (1950)
Watertown: 0.14" (1969) Watertown: 1.5" (1992)
Wheaton: 0.42" (1950) Wheaton: 5.5" (1950) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.