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June 15, 1935:

This estimated F3 tornado moved east from 17 miles southwest of Onida. There was near F4 damage to one farm about 9 miles SSW of Onida. The house was destroyed, 60 cattle were killed, and five people were injured. At another farm, the home shifted over the storm cellar, trapping a family. Property damage was estimated at $25,000.

June 15, 1977:

There were thunderstorms with heavy rain and some hail which began on the 15th and continued into the 16th. At Watertown, almost 6.9 inches of rain fell during this two day period. In Deuel County, Gary received 6 inches, Altamont 5.5 and Brandt, 4.5 inches in Goodwin, and 3.70 inches in Clear Lake. Other amounts include; 4.85 inches at 3NE of Raymond; 4.57 inches in Clark; 4.21 at 1NE of Bryant; and 3.97 inches in Castlewood.

June 15, 1978:

Numerous severe thunderstorms developed over all of central South Dakota. Tornadoes, funnel clouds, hail up to baseball size, and wind gusts to near 80 mph caused wide spread destruction. Estimated loss was between 20-25 million dollars. The Governor declared some counties disaster areas. Six trailers were destroyed and a home was unroofed northwest of Aberdeen. Fifteen people were injured from these storms.

June 15, 1979:

Heavy rain began during the evening hours and continued into the morning hours on the 16th. Heavy rains were estimated between 5 to 6 inches, causing flash flooding south of Watertown. Some rainfall amounts include; 2.43 inches in Watertown; 2.07 in Castlewood; and 2.05 inches in Clear Lake. Hail caused severe crop damage in Hughes County.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 105 (1933) Aberdeen: 36 (1968)
Kennebec: 110 (1936) Kennebec: 35 (1989)
Mobridge: 103 (1936) Mobridge: 43 (1961)
Pierre: 109 (1936) Pierre: 42 (1989)
Sisseton: 100 (1933) Sisseton: 39 (1904)
Timber Lake: 104 (1936) Timber Lake: 42 (1957)
Watertown: 100 (1933) Watertown: 33 (1917)
Wheaton: 99 (1979) Wheaton: 36 (1969)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.97" (1953)
Kennebec: 2.77" (1901)
Mobridge: 2.71" (1953)
Pierre: 2.52" (1923)
Sisseton: 2.88" (1953)
Timber Lake: 1.74" (1953)
Watertown: 4.35" (1977)
Wheaton: 1.95" (1984)


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