This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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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June 12, 1924:

A tornado moved southeast from the southwestern edge of Lake Kampeska, passing southwest of Watertown. Two barns were destroyed and 20 smaller farm buildings were heavily damaged. This tornado was estimated to have F2 strength.

June 12, 1983:

Lightning struck and killed two cows near Miller. Lightning also struck a home six miles north of Aberdeen, breaking a ceramic statue, and blow out light bulbs. Another home in Aberdeen was struck by lightning, rupturing a gas line and starting the house on fire. Also, heavy rains up to seven inches fall around the area. Some storm total rainfall amounts include; 2.00 inches at 2NW of Stephan; 2.40 inches in Miller; 3.03 at 4 miles west of Mellette; and 6.30 inches in Orient.

June 12, 1994:

In Hand County, a thunderstorm caused an estimated 3 million dollars in crop damage. Hail, the largest being baseball size, was reported in drifts of three to four feet high. About 70 thousand acres of cropland and pastures were completely destroyed. Pheasants, ducks were killed by the hail and many cattle injured. Many windows were broken in homes, holes were punched in mobile homes, damaged occurred to contents of homes from hail which entered through windows, and many vehicles were extensively damaged.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1956) Aberdeen: 37 (2012)
Kennebec: 105 (1956) Kennebec: 38 (1969)
Mobridge: 98 (1952) Mobridge: 40 (1947)
Pierre: 104 (1956) Pierre: 39 (1969)
Sisseton: 97 (1976) Sisseton: 40 (2012)
Timber Lake: 100 (1952) Timber Lake: 39 (1985)
Watertown: 98 (1956) Watertown: 36 (1897)
Wheaton: 98 (1956) Wheaton: 39 (1927)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.25" (1915)
Kennebec: 2.58" (1937)
Mobridge: 3.47" (1915)
Pierre: 1.47" (1977)
Sisseton: 2.43" (1937)
Timber Lake: 2.50" (1928)
Watertown: 1.15" (1932)
Wheaton: 1.31" (2008)


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