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June 19, 1894:

A tornado moved NNE, passing 12 miles northwest of Bowdle, ending in extreme southeastern Campbell County. A child was killed and the mother and four other children were badly injured. A man was killed in another home and his wife was injured. Fourteen homes were damaged or destroyed. Clothes were said to be torn to shreds and scattered for miles. This tornado was estimated to be an F3.

June 19, 1931:

A tornado moved east from just south of St. Lawrence, passing south of Wessington. Buildings were destroyed on eight farms. Two farms were said to be wiped out, house and all. A woman was injured as she tried to rescue chickens. Cattle, horses, and over 100 hogs were killed. Estimated loss from this storm totaled $32,000. This tornado had an estimated strength of an F3.

June 19, 1960:

Hail and wind combined to cause widespread damage to crops and farm property from Todd and Bennett Counties in the Southwest to McPherson and Campbell Counties in North central. A considerable number of barns, machine and livestock sheds, garages, chicken coops, house trailers and homes were demolished or badly damaged by high winds at or near the following towns, Timber Lake, Eureka, and Herreid. A large storage building at Seneca was unroofed. Hail caused near to total loss of grain, corn and hay crops in parts of Jackson, Haakon, Dewey and Edmunds Counties. Near Timber Lake a home and some farm buildings were reported to have washed away by heavy rains. Rainfall amount of 1.80 inches was observed in Timber Lake. At Roscoe, 2.95 inches of rain washed out portion of the basement wall of the community hall. Other heavy rainfall amounts include 1.83 inches in Pollock and 1.50 inches in Murdo.

June 19, 1975:

Heavy rains and high winds blew over trees, damaged buildings and destroyed an airplane in the Ipswich area. A funnel cloud was seen between Craven and Ipswich. A small tornado was observed seven miles north and five miles west of Aberdeen. The tornado was on the ground for only a few minutes with no damage reported.

June 19, 2013:

Slow moving thunderstorms brought some large hail along with very heavy rains and flash flooding to parts of northeast South Dakota. One thunderstorm produced quarter hail and winds over 50 mph, which caused major damage to a bean field along with damaging the siding of the house south of Wilmot in Roberts County. Several roads in Wilmot had water running over them for several hours. Over three inches of rain caused water to go over a part of Highway 123 south of Wilmot. Heavy rain of three to four inches brought many flooded roads in and around Veblen in Marshall County.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 108 (1933) Aberdeen: 38 (1948)
Kennebec: 105 (1933) Kennebec: 37 (1948)
Mobridge: 103 (1933) Mobridge: 39 (2004)
Pierre: 105 (1989) Pierre: 41 (2004)
Sisseton: 104 (1933) Sisseton: 42 (1902)
Timber Lake: 102 (1936) Timber Lake: 37 (1944)
Watertown: 102 (1933) Watertown: 37 (1908)
Wheaton: 100 (1988) Wheaton: 41 (1926)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.25" (1979)
Kennebec: 1.19" (1938)
Mobridge: 1.09" (1951)
Pierre: 2.42" (1983)
Sisseton: 3.65" (1979)
Timber Lake: 1.80" (1960)
Watertown: 3.19" (1953)
Wheaton: 3.04" (1979)


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