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 17 December 1903 → Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully tested their homemade glider at Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They had selected Kitty Hawk as their test site on advice from the Weather Bureau due to good, consistent northerly winds.
 17 December 1924 → A severe ice storm covered central Illinois in ice two inches thick. $21 million damage.
 17 December 1983 → The temperature at Oklahoma City dropped below freezing. It did not rise above 32 degrees again until New Year's Eve, setting a record length of sub-freezing weather in the city.

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July 27, 1999:

Golf ball size hail and high winds destroyed hundreds of acres of crops on a farm southeast of Ipswich. Golf ball size hail and high winds caused extensive damage to the Richland Weslyn Church and to the pastor and associate pastor home. The hail poked numerous holes in the siding and shingles of the buildings and broke many windows. Several cars were damaged and a large tree was also downed. An F1 tornado snapped large branches off an oak and drove them into the ground. The tornado knocked down approximately 5 headstones in a small cemetery, and took a roof off a small outbuilding. It destroyed an empty grain bin, moved a grain auger 50 feet, and took off several large doors on a machine shed. The tornado also knocked down or snapped off numerous large trees in shelter belts and destroyed a barn and several outbuildings just north of Chelsea.

July 27, 2001:

An F1 tornado damaged homes, public buildings, trees, and power lines in town of Lennox, Lincoln County. The American Legion building had its entire front facade ripped off, and its windows shattered. Several vehicles near the building sustained major damage from flying debris, and one was lifted and dropped partly onto another vehicle. Damage to homes included holes in permanent siding, several roofs heavily damaged, windows broken, fences blown down, garages damaged including at least one totally destroyed. Damage to public buildings included the pump house at the water tower being destroyed, the roof at the water plant was damaged, flag poles next to the ambulance building were broken, and an overhead door at the fire station was torn off. A fire truck at the fire station was damaged, and the station's window air conditioner was blown out along with some ceiling tiles inside. Power was lost to much of the city for at least an hour and a half because of the downed power lines.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 110 (1931) Aberdeen: 44 (2005)
Kennebec: 110 (1935) Kennebec: 42 (1896)
Mobridge: 106 (1931) Mobridge: 41 (1915)
Pierre: 107 (1998) Pierre: 49 (2005)
Sisseton: 103 (1959) Sisseton: 47 (1904)
Timber Lake: 108 (1931) Timber Lake: 47 (1994)
Watertown: 105 (1931) Watertown: 45 (2005)
Wheaton: 108 (1931) Wheaton: 46 (1971)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.14" (1914)
Kennebec: 0.83" (2001)
Mobridge: 1.32" (1914)
Pierre: 0.89" (1901)
Sisseton: 1.63" (1991)
Timber Lake: 0.94" (1993)
Watertown: 0.86" (1991)
Wheaton: 1.65" (2001)


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