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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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January 26, 1977:

Four days of very strong winds occurred from the 26th through the 29th with a strong low pressure area over western Ontario. Strong northwest winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts into the 60s caused widespread blowing and drifting snow with most roads closed with many traffic accidents. The winds combined with subzero temperatures to create wind chills of 60 to 80 below zero. Many schools were closed for several days.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 58 (1947) Aberdeen: -30 (1950)
Kennebec: 63 (2006) Kennebec: -29 (1950)
Mobridge: 57 (1947) Mobridge: -33 (1950)
Pierre: 64 (2006) Pierre: -25 (1950)
Sisseton: 54 (1947) Sisseton: -25 (1950)
Timber Lake: 52 (1947) Timber Lake: -30 (1950)
Watertown: 54 (1931) Watertown: -28 (1895)
Wheaton: 53 (1931) Wheaton: -32 (1927)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.30" (1916) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1956)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1918) Kennebec: 5.0" (1918)
Mobridge: 0.60" (1917) Mobridge: 6.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.27" (1902) Pierre: 0.9" (2000)
Sisseton: 0.24" (1979) Sisseton: 3.0" (1979)
Timber Lake: 0.42" (1956) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1969)
Watertown: 0.33" (1979) Watertown: 5.0" (2004)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1979) Wheaton: 10.0" (2004)


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