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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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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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