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 19 August 1845 → What was likely an EF5 tornado devastated Montville, France around midday, resulting in many fatalities. Most deaths occurred when factories were destroyed and the workers were flung some distance by the wind. The buildings were swept clean off their foundations with debris as large as boards and planks found 23 miles away.
 19 August 1991Hurricane Bob slammed into New England as a category 2 storm with 95 mph sustained winds and gusts of 125 mph at Block Island, RI and 105 mph at Newport, RI. A storm surge of 15 feet occurred in Upper Buzzards Bay. Portland, ME had a 24 hour record rainfall of 7.83 inches. Total damage exceeded $1.5 billion and 17 people were killed. It was the worst Hurricane in the Northeast since Donna in 1960.
 19 August 1991 → The Civil Defense Director for Codington County, SD, reported that lightning was so frequent and vivid from nearby nighttime thunderstorms that he drove for 10 minutes without needing his headlights! At one point a lightning strike occurred within 10 feet of his car. The strike splattered mud onto his vehicle, drained his battery, and caused problems with the car's electrical system.
 19 August 2010 → Today ended a 2-month long heat wave in Russia when daily maximum temperatures in Moscow were as much as 27 degrees above average. The heat wave caused 15,000 deaths, 600 wildfires, and $15 billion loss of economic growth.

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June 7, 1901:

Leola reported a low of 24 degrees, the lowest temperature in the state for the entire month.

June 7, 1982:

A house in Sunshine Acres, north of Pierre was struck by lightning and the interior was completely destroyed by the ensuing fire. One person received minor buns. Over two inches of rain fell in Pierre causing Capital Lake to rise four feet. Water and mud flooded the State Maintenance Building.

June 7, 1993:

A large F3 tornado destroyed a farmstead 9 miles southwest of Tulare. The tornado twisted the house on its foundation, virtually destroying it. This storm also destroyed a barn, 3 steel bins, 3 granaries, and 2 hog houses. Ten hogs were killed. At least three more tornadoes damaged several farms in the Tulare and Redfield areas. A tornado hit one farm northwest of Tulare causing about 65,000 dollars in damage. Another tornado damaged a farm 5 miles west of Redfield.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 95 (1959) Aberdeen: 28 (1901)
Kennebec: 97 (1987) Kennebec: 32 (1924)
Mobridge: 97 (1988) Mobridge: 32 (1915)
Pierre: 98 (1959) Pierre: 41 (1998)
Sisseton: 95 (1959) Sisseton: 31 (1901)
Timber Lake: 98 (1914) Timber Lake: 35 (1915)
Watertown: 95 (1952) Watertown: 25 (1897)
Wheaton: 97 (1952) Wheaton: 39 (1949)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.80" (1925)
Kennebec: 1.82" (1993)
Mobridge: 2.06" (1968)
Pierre: 3.11" (1968)
Sisseton: 2.49" (1934)
Timber Lake: 1.10" (1968)
Watertown: 1.25" (1934)
Wheaton: 2.00" (1986) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.