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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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July 2, 1921:

Barns were destroyed on two farms near Frederick. A boy who could not make it to the cellar was killed in the open near a barn. This is the earliest know death from a significant, estimated F2 tornado in Brown County.

July 2, 1960:

Hail shredded corn, flattened grain and hay, and pounded soybeans into the ground in a strip extending from Clinton to Montevideo in Minnesota. Leaves and bark were stripped from trees. Hail stones were reported to pile up to a depth of four feet in low spots. One farmer reported the loss of 2000 turkeys. Twelve barns demolished, many outbuildings destroyed and several home damaged by winds. Near Appleton, 45 cars of a moving 174 car freight train derailed by the wind, one hanger destroyed, and 2 plans were damaged. In Big Stone County alone, the cost to repair power lines and poles estimated to be near 10,000 dollars. Total crop acreage affected was near 64,000 acres. The three counties of Big Stone, Swift and Chippewa Counties was designed a disaster area.

July 2, 2005:

A line of severe thunderstorms with very strong straight-line winds moved from northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana across northwest South Dakota during the evening. Widespread wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph affected northwest South Dakota; breaking tree limbs, downing trees, and knocking down snow fences. The strong winds capsized a boat on the Belle Fourche Reservoir near Orman Dam. Five people, including an infant, were rescued by emergency personnel with no one injured. The strongest winds were reported north of Newell, near Castle Rock, where gusts estimated at 100 mph damaged a barn roof and ripped a chimney off a house. Hail to the size of quarters was also reported across parts of the area, and combined with the wind, caused some minor damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1949) Aberdeen: 37 (1945)
Kennebec: 108 (1936) Kennebec: 37 (1945)
Mobridge: 105 (1949) Mobridge: 40 (1945)
Pierre: 105 (1936) Pierre: 43 (1968)
Sisseton: 100 (1949) Sisseton: 44 (1994)
Timber Lake: 107 (1949) Timber Lake: 41 (1968)
Watertown: 100 (1911) Watertown: 43 (1940)
Wheaton: 96 (2002) Wheaton: 44 (1932)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.33" (2000)
Kennebec: 1.45" (1912)
Mobridge: 1.24" (1981)
Pierre: 2.13" (1981)
Sisseton: 3.65" (1903)
Timber Lake: 0.88" (1912)
Watertown: 1.15" (1955)
Wheaton: 1.03" (1930)


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