This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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.

This Day in Weather History Archive

On This Day In

                   Weather History...

July 15, 1885:

The first of three damaging tornadoes hit 7 miles NNE of Highmore and moved to the northeast. Two small homes were destroyed before the funnel turned to the east, then northeast and north before lifting. This tornado was estimated to have F2 strength and was seen in all directions for 20 miles. The second tornado appeared to be motionless 3 miles east of Harrold, and then moved east to Holabird where it destroyed two homes and dissipated. A third tornado, this one with an estimated F3 strength, formed to the west of Highmore and moved east into town, then lifted about 4 miles east of town. Three homes were destroyed and about 20 other buildings were damaged at Highmore. A farmer was killed 2 miles east of town. Losses totaled about $55,000, which included many new buildings, including a church and a skating rink.

July 15, 1986:

Thunderstorms brought locally heavy rainfall to portions of Walworth to Marshall Counties. Three inches of rain in an hour and a half was reported in extreme northwest Marshall County. The highest rainfall amount was seven inches southeast of Bowdle. The rains caused lowland flooding, with water over several roads in Marshall County, including Highway 10, two miles east of Britton. In Britton, 3.86 inches of rain was reported.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 114 (1931) Aberdeen: 41 (1912)
Kennebec: 112 (2006) Kennebec: 36 (1912)
Mobridge: 116 (2006) Mobridge: 45 (1912)
Pierre: 117 (2006) Pierre: 52 (1961)
Sisseton: 105 (2006) Sisseton: 48 (1952)
Timber Lake: 112 (2006) Timber Lake: 39 (1912)
Watertown: 106 (1931) Watertown: 38 (1912)
Wheaton: 110 (1931) Wheaton: 46 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.26" (1983)
Kennebec: 1.80" (1915)
Mobridge: 1.37" (1945)
Pierre: 1.00" (1900)
Sisseton: 1.09" (1986)
Timber Lake: 1.55" (1915)
Watertown: 0.91" (1943)
Wheaton: 1.24" (1980) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.