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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 25, 1961:

This storm started late in the evening on the 25th and went into the early morning hours of the 26th. A sizeable area suffered 50 to 100 percent loss of crops resulting from hail over the following counties, Bison, Perkins, Faulk, Onida, Sully, and western Hand. Corn was stripped of leaves and broken off. Oats and wheat were flattened. High winds with recorded gusts of 75 to 80 miles per hour cause numerous power failures and damaged trees in Pierre. Winds also unroofed a small cattle shed in Redfield.

July 25, 1972:

Unofficial rainfall amounts of 8 inches caused flash flooding in Ferney, and surrounding area. Water, over two feet depth was reported in a parking area. Basements were flooded and foundations were damaged. The heavy rain caused extensive damage to crops in the area.

July 25, 1984:

Severe thunderstorms caused considerable damage to the Pierre area. Winds were gusting to 83 mph at the Pierre airport, where thirteen planes, as well as several hangars were destroyed. In town, a home and three businesses lost their roofs and a trailer home was destroyed. Rains of four inches in thirty minutes produced flash flooding with some streets closed for a period of time. Some basements were reported to have 6 to 8 inches of water in them. At Dupree, high winds caused extensive damage to the grandstand roof at the fairgrounds. Along the entire path of the thunderstorms, hail and high winds broke windows, damaged cars, downed trees, damaged crops, and caused power outages.

July 25, 1993:

Lake Kampeska, near Watertown reached near record level at 37 inches over full mark due to runoff from heavy rains in previous days. Dozens of homes and two businesses were flooded out. About 100,000 sandbags were distributed to help prevent more flood damage to lakeside property owners.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 111 (1931) Aberdeen: 44 (1911)
Kennebec: 111 (2003) Kennebec: 41 (1911)
Mobridge: 108 (1931) Mobridge: 43 (1911)
Pierre: 109 (2007) Pierre: 48 (2004)
Sisseton: 105 (1976) Sisseton: 49 (2004)
Timber Lake: 106 (1931) Timber Lake: 42 (1918)
Watertown: 105 (1931) Watertown: 43 (1904)
Wheaton: 109 (1931) Wheaton: 49 (1991)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.72" (1972)
Kennebec: 2.70" (1918)
Mobridge: 0.85" (1982)
Pierre: 4.00" (1984)
Sisseton: 3.22" (1993)
Timber Lake: 1.21" (1982)
Watertown: 2.61" (1953)
Wheaton: 2.02" (1993)


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