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 26 October 1865 → A hurricane sank the steamship USS Mobile in 1,700 feet of water off the Georgia coast. The wreck, laden with 20,000 gold coins, was found in 2003.
 26 October 1998 → Hurricane Mitch, the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since 1780, struck Central America, killing more than 11,000 people. Winds peaked at 180 mph and maintained hurricane intensity for 24 hours after making landfall. The tropical system drenched the region with over a foot of rainfall.
 26 October 2003 → A surfer was killed while he was surfing in the storm-tossed seas of the Gulf of Mexico when he was struck by lightning near Destin, FL.
 26 October 2010 → The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the U.S. between the Rockies and the Appalachians with a non-tropical system was set at Big Fork, MN, with a pressure of 28.21".

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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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