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 29 July 1916 → Lightning ignited a forest fire that burned down the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, Ontario killing 273 people.
 29 July 1981 → Lightning struck a tree then spread across the ground near Vance, NC. The lightning strike killed 50 cows weighing around 800 pounds each.
 29 July 2005 → A hike up Mount Whitney in California turned deadly when the tarp belonging to camping Boy Scouts was struck by lightning. A boy scout and the scout leader were killed.

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June 18, 1964:

A tornado moved from SSW to NNE damaging three farmsteads between Hoven to 8 NNW of Bowdle. This tornado was estimate to have F2 strength. An estimated five inches of rain fell in three hours near Bowdle causing soil erosion just before the tornado hit. Another storm moved from south to north and intensified as it moved northward. Winds were estimated between 50 and 100 mph. The greatest damage was in McPherson County where it was estimated 2 million dollars in crop damage occurred. Heavy rain was also observed on this day. Some storm total rain fall includes; 6.73 inches in Eureka, 4.28 in Roscoe, 3.75 in Leola, 2.68 in Shelby, 2.45 in Britton, and 2.31 inches in Ipswich.

June 18, 1991:

Large hail up to 2 inches in diameter broke windows, and produced widespread tree damage in Watertown and vicinity. Extensive damage was caused to surrounding soybean and corn fields. Approximately 25,000 acres of crops were destroyed. Thunderstorm winds of 55 mph uprooted trees and downed power lines primarily on the Revillo area. Trees fell on cars and an apartment complex was damaged.

June 18, 1998:

Heavy rain of 3 to 4 inches fell during the late evening and early morning hours across part of eastern Faulk county in the Faulkton, Miranda, Orient, and Cresbard area. Several roads were flooded with some being closed. Officially, 2.94 inches of rain fell in Faulkton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 108 (1933) Aberdeen: 38 (1902)
Kennebec: 105 (1933) Kennebec: 33 (1902)
Mobridge: 109 (1933) Mobridge: 41 (2004)
Pierre: 103 (1988) Pierre: 40 (1976)
Sisseton: 104 (1933) Sisseton: 41 (1976)
Timber Lake: 106 (1933) Timber Lake: 38 (2004)
Watertown: 100 (1933) Watertown: 30 (1908)
Wheaton: 96 (1988) Wheaton: 40 (1926)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (1908)
Kennebec: 1.33" (1946)
Mobridge: 3.10" (1964)
Pierre: 2.69" (1967)
Sisseton: 1.97" (1948)
Timber Lake: 2.55" (1998)
Watertown: 1.53" (1972)
Wheaton: 1.81" (1948)


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