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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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July 19, 1933:

A significant F2 tornado moved ESE from west of Tulare to 3 miles ENE of Hitchcock. About 10 farms were damaged, and several barns were destroyed. Estimated property loss was set at $50,000.

July 19, 1962:

High winds caused considerable damage to buildings in Aberdeen and on nearby farms. A brick chimney toppled and killed a man. The storm moved eastward and caused damage to Northeastern South Dakota. Some storm total precipitations amounts include 2.40 inches in Waubay, 2.36 inches 4NNE of Victor, 2.27 in Webster, 1.87 in Andover, and 1.62 inches in Wheaton, Minnesota.

July 19, 2010:

Severe storms moved from Montana southeastward across western South Dakota into south central South Dakota, merging with another area of storms over west central South Dakota. The storms produced a wide swath of hail and strong winds from northern Butte County, through southern Meade, eastern Pennington, Jackson, and Bennett Counties. Millions of dollars in crop damage was reported, along with some damage to homes and automobiles.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 106 (1932) Aberdeen: 42 (1900)
Kennebec: 114 (1936) Kennebec: 45 (1895)
Mobridge: 105 (1936) Mobridge: 50 (1930)
Pierre: 106 (2012) Pierre: 52 (1971)
Sisseton: 106 (1932) Sisseton: 45 (2000)
Timber Lake: 105 (1918) Timber Lake: 45 (1915)
Watertown: 104 (1934) Watertown: 40 (1911)
Wheaton: 105 (1932) Wheaton: 38 (1921)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.81" (2008)
Kennebec: 1.50" (1897)
Mobridge: 0.95" (1928)
Pierre: 2.07" (1897)
Sisseton: 1.55" (1962)
Timber Lake: 1.73" (1929)
Watertown: 1.47" (1990)
Wheaton: 1.81" (2001)


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