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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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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.


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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