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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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July 8, 1680:

The first confirmed true tornado in the United States touched down at Cambridge, Massachusetts. The funnel was filled with, stones, bushes, and other things. The tornado also unroofed a barn and snapped many large trees.

July 8, 1922:

Two tornadoes occurred near the southern border of South Dakota, with one at St. Charles in Gregory County, and the other on the southern shore of Lake Andes, in Charles Mix County. The distance apart was about 30 miles. The tornado in Gregory County missed the town of Lake Andes, however it destroyed about 29 cottages and 5 large barns. Fifteen people were injured, but no one was killed.

July 8, 1951:

An F2 touched down in open country and moved northeastward, passing three miles northwest of Corona in Roberts County. Thirteen buildings were destroyed on a farm with only the house left standing. Three cows and 20 pigs were killed.

July 8, 2011:

Historic releases on the Oahe Dam of 160,000 CFS kept the Missouri River from Pierre to Chamberlain at record flood levels throughout July. Extensive sandbagging and levee building had been done earlier to hold back the river. Residents in the Pierre, Fort Pierre, and Oacoma areas continued to be the most affected by the river. Many homes along with roads, crop and pastureland remained flooded throughout the month. The Missouri River at Pierre remained from 5 to 6 foot above flood stage throughout July. The Missouri River at Chamberlain reached a record stage of 75.1 feet on July 8th. Flood stage at Chamberlain is 65 feet. The flooding on the river began in late May and continued into August.

July 8, 2013:

A thunderstorm complex moving across central and north central South Dakota produced gusty winds up to 70 mph. These strong winds brought down several tree branches around the area with Dewey County the hardest hit location. In Timber Lake, downed tree branches fell on houses and vehicles causing damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 106 (1936) Aberdeen: 43 (1905)
Kennebec: 109 (1989) Kennebec: 42 (1952)
Mobridge: 108 (1936) Mobridge: 46 (1953)
Pierre: 110 (1989) Pierre: 48 (1953)
Sisseton: 105 (1936) Sisseton: 44 (1953)
Timber Lake: 112 (1936) Timber Lake: 44 (1944)
Watertown: 98 (1936) Watertown: 40 (1899)
Wheaton: 100 (1974) Wheaton: 45 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.25" (1999)
Kennebec: 0.95" (1978)
Mobridge: 1.41" (2003)
Pierre: 2.43" (1950)
Sisseton: 1.67" (1949)
Timber Lake: 1.34" (1915)
Watertown: 0.82" (1964)
Wheaton: 4.90" (1950)


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