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 21 April 1887 → Prescott, KS was directly hit by an F4 tornado, resulting in 12 fatalities and 80 homes destroyed. The tornado was part of a family of tornadoes that reduced farms to kindling along a 60 mile path from Anderson County, KS to Bates County, MO. It was one of the most expensive tornado disasters of the 19th Century.
 21 April 1967Tornadoes ravaged northern Illinois. An F4 occurring at 3:50 pm in Belvidere left 24 dead and 500 injured. Seven people were killed at a shopping center, and at least 13 were killed at Belvidere High School. Another F4 at 5:24 pm left 33 dead and 500 injured. This funnel hit Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hometown, and Evergreen Park southwest of Chicago.
 21 April 2002 → An F3 tornado struck Wayne County, IL with winds as high as 200mph. Incredibly, only one life was lost.

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July 24, 1993:

A severe thunderstorm struck southern Hyde County, including the city of Highmore, with winds in excess of 60 mph and heavy rains of two to four inches. Near Stephan, in far southern Hyde County, an estimated of over four inches of rain in 20 minutes caused flooding damage around a bridge. Three to nine inches of rain caused widespread flash flooding and flood damage to Day, Roberts, and southeastern Marshall Counties. Especially hard hit was an area from Webster, northeastward through the Pickerell and Buffalo Lakes area, to Sisseton. A state of emergency was declared in Sisseton. The heavy rains overwhelmed a small creek that flows through Sisseton, swelling it to three blocks wide and up to five feet deep. The rushing water carried lumber, railroad ties, propane tanks, and several vehicles. Flood damage occurred to 70 percent of all buildings in Sisseton, including 100 homes. In Webster, the excessive rain flooded all the sewer lefts that pump water out of low lying areas in town. The sewer system then backed up into homes and businesses. Nine of the 12 main floor rooms at the Super 8 motel in Webster were flooded by the rainstorm. Roads and bridge damage was also extensive in Roberts, Day, and Marshall Counties with about 50 roads and bridges in Day County damaged by the flooding. Areas lakes, including Pickerell, Blue Dog, Enemy Swim, and Buffalo lakes rose over two feet, inundating areas around lake homes and submerging docks. Some estimated storm total rainfall amounts include; 4.60 inches in Webster; 3.91 in Waubay; 3.90 in Britton; and 3.60 inches near Ashton.

July 24, 1997:

Over 6 inches of rain fell in the Conde area in far northeast Spink County. Water was over Highway 37 and many town basements were flooded. One basement filled with 5 feet of water. Nearly 7 inches of rain was received at Lake Poinset and over 6 inches of rain was received in Estelline. Hidewood creek in Hamlin County overflowed its banks. Water went into many residences homes and some people were evacuated. A small bridge was taken out by the high water and Highway 28 was closed for an hour.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 108 (1931) Aberdeen: 46 (1905)
Kennebec: 113 (1936) Kennebec: 47 (1911)
Mobridge: 109 (1952) Mobridge: 47 (2004)
Pierre: 112 (1952) Pierre: 53 (2004)
Sisseton: 105 (1940) Sisseton: 47 (1955)
Timber Lake: 106 (1952) Timber Lake: 45 (1933)
Watertown: 109 (1940) Watertown: 44 (1905)
Wheaton: 100 (1932) Wheaton: 53 (2004)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.47" (1957)
Kennebec: 1.65" (1977)
Mobridge: 0.41" (1960)
Pierre: 1.25" (2001)
Sisseton: 2.40" (1986)
Timber Lake: 0.92" (1914)
Watertown: 2.06" (1934)
Wheaton: 1.56" (1979)


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