This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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July 9, 1938:

A deadly, estimated F4 tornado moved ESE across the eastern edge of Andover to north of Bristol. Seventeen buildings were destroyed at Andover, and at least one home was completely swept away. Seven homes and a church also suffered damage. An elderly person was killed at the western edge of Andover and a couple died in a home at the southern edge of town. About two hours later, another estimated F4 tornado moved ENE from 2 miles northeast of White, South Dakota in Brookings County to Hendricks, Minnesota. Only one person was injured from this storm.

July 9, 1972:

Wind gusts up to 89 mph caused considerable damage in the Pierre and Oahe Dam area. A drive in movie screen was destroyed. A camper trailer was turned over pinning 7 members of a family inside. Five of them were hospitalized. Numerous trees were uprooted at the Oahe Dam campground. A tourist information building was caved in. Hail broke out car windows on ten vehicles.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 115 (1936) Aberdeen: 42 (1981)
Kennebec: 113 (1936) Kennebec: 38 (1895)
Mobridge: 112 (1936) Mobridge: 44 (1929)
Pierre: 110 (1936) Pierre: 48 (1996)
Sisseton: 110 (1936) Sisseton: 43 (1977)
Timber Lake: 114 (1936) Timber Lake: 44 (1929)
Watertown: 105 (1936) Watertown: 40 (1899)
Wheaton: 100 (1976) Wheaton: 47 (1968)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.44" (1926)
Kennebec: 1.34" (2000)
Mobridge: 0.96" (1987)
Pierre: 1.40" (1944)
Sisseton: 1.25" (1946)
Timber Lake: 1.40" (2003)
Watertown: 1.18" (1946)
Wheaton: 1.24" (1993)


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