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 23 July 1946 → Eight homes were damaged when an F1 tornado hit the northwest edge of Concord, NH. A boy was killed when a shed collapsed.
 23 July 2003 → Betsy the Giraffe was killed when struck by lightning at the Disney Animal Kingdom. The animals are usually brought into shelter during severe weather, but this storm came with too little warning.
 23 July 2010 → The U.S.'s largest (by diameter) and heaviest hailstone on record fell on Vivian, SD. The stone was 8 inches in diameter and weighed 1.9 pounds. The person who found the stone reported that some melting had occurred before the official measurement was taken.

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June 16, 1915:

A tornado swept over a narrow path in Hughes, Hyde, and Hand counties during the afternoon hours. This tornado caused several thousands of dollars in property damage and seriously injured a number of people. Luckily there were no fatalities reported.

June 16, 1992:

An F3 tornado caused major destruction as it moved northeast across the northwestern side of Ft. Thompson. The tornado virtually destroyed the Lake Sharpe Visitor Center. In Ft. Thompson, the tornado destroyed at least 4 homes and 15 mobile homes were damaged, leaving about 55 persons homeless. Eight people were injured, two of them seriously. The storm also destroyed other buildings, six 50,000 bushel grain bins, and four high voltage towers from Big Bend Dam. At the Shady Bend campground, 19 campers and several boats were destroyed. Also, heavy rains fell over a three day period beginning on the 15th. The hardest hit area was in Clear Lake were the three day total was 11.53 inches. As a result, wall of water up to 15 feet high swept down creeks in the Clear Lake area. The resultant flash flooding went through first floors of many houses and even filled basements of houses on hills. The wave of water hit a car that was occupied by a woman and her son. The water spun them around as they floated about 200 yards. The car finally grounded without any reported injuries. All roads into Clear Lake were cut off as the town became completely surrounded by water. Officials in Deuel County estimated at least 37 bridges and culverts were destroyed. Other three day rainfall totals include; 6.35 inches in Conde; 5.99 in Castlewood; 4.91 inches 2NW of Big Stone City; 4.90 in Redfield; and 4.65 inches at Artichoke Lake. Heavy rains fell over a three day period beginning on the 15th. The hardest hit area was in Clear Lake were the three day total was 11.53 inches. As a result, wall of water up to 15 feet high swept down creeks in the Clear Lake area. The resultant flash flooding went through first floors of many houses and even filled basements of houses on hills. The wave of water hit a car that was occupied by a woman and her son. The water spun them around as they floated about 200 yards. The car finally grounded without any reported injuries. All roads into Clear Lake were cut off as the town became completely surrounded by water. Officials in Deuel County estimated at least 37 bridges and culverts were destroyed. Other three day rainfall totals include; 6.35 inches in Conde; 5.99 in Castlewood; 4.91 inches 2NW of Big Stone City; 4.90 in Redfield; and 4.65 inches at Artichoke Lake.

June 16, 2009:

A strong upper low pressure area brought several supercell thunderstorms which produced severe weather across parts of central and northeast South Dakota. Large hail up to 2 inches in diameter, several tornadoes, along with flash flooding occurred with these storms. Slow moving thunderstorms brought very heavy rains of 2 to 4 inches in and around Aberdeen causing extensive road flooding throughout the city. Dozens of basements were flooded and damaged along with some sewer backups. Many vehicles became stalled with the police sent out to direct traffic. There were also some power outages. A tornado touched down briefly northwest of Lebanon in Potter County with no damage occurring. A tornado touched down southeast of Polo in Hand County, in an open field. No damage occurred. Heavy rains of 3 to over 5 inches caused flash flooding of several roads and crops in north central and northeast Spink County. Heavy rains from 3 to 6 inches fell across southeast Brown County bringing flash flooding. Many roads were flooded and damaged along with many acres of cropland. A tornado touched down in southeast Hand County and remained on the ground for nearly 15 minutes before lifting. No damage occurred with this tornado as it remained in open country.

June 16, 2010:

Very strong winds were observed during the evening hours in Dewey County, South Dakota. Three weather stations near Lantry observed winds from 101 to 142 mph. One station recorded a 101 mph wind before it was destroyed. The other two stations recorded 131 mph and 142 mph winds. The winds destroyed an airplane hanger and badly damaged another one. Several semi-trailers were also tipped over and damaged by the very high winds.

June 16, 2013:

A cluster of thunderstorms became severe over southeastern Meade County during the morning hours. The storms produced hail up to golf ball size as they moved eastward across eastern Pennington and northwestern Jackson Counties. In Wall, golf ball size hail damaged houses and vehicles causing an estimated four hundred thousand dollars in damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 109 (1933) Aberdeen: 34 (1903)
Kennebec: 102 (1959) Kennebec: 38 (1974)
Mobridge: 103 (1933) Mobridge: 38 (1945)
Pierre: 102 (1940) Pierre: 41 (1974)
Sisseton: 103 (1933) Sisseton: 39 (1976)
Timber Lake: 102 (1933) Timber Lake: 34 (1915)
Watertown: 103 (1933) Watertown: 35 (1902)
Wheaton: 95 (1995) Wheaton: 39 (1972)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.89" (1939)
Kennebec: 2.30" (1990)
Mobridge: 0.77" (1962)
Pierre: 1.60" (2007)
Sisseton: 1.33" (1939)
Timber Lake: 1.97" (1977)
Watertown: 2.53" (1977)
Wheaton: 3.31" (1935)


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