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 22 September 1810 → Fernhill Heath, England, was struck by what was probably Europe's widest tornado, with some reports saying the twister was nearly a mile across. Modern analysis suggests it was an EF4.
 22 September 1869Cleveland Abbe began forecasting weather in Cincinnati. Professor Abbe was one of the nation's pioneer weather forecasters and observers.
 22 September 1989Hurricane Hugo made landfall in the Carolinas with winds up to 140 mph. Hugo caused $7 billion in damage in the United States and $3 billion in the Caribbean. All together, the death toll was 76.
 22 September 1998Hurricane Georges raked Hispanola after reaching category 4 status, leaving 580 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, due mainly to flash flooding and subsequent mud slides in high terrain regions. Damage estimates from the storm exceeded $1 billion (US). Vivid lightning and possible blue jets, a type of rare upward lightning, were reported as the eye passed over the mountains of Hispanola.

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June 22, 1916:

An estimated F2 tornado moved northeast from 4 miles east of Willow Lakes to east of Vienna. A farmhouse was picked up and thrown into a granary. A boy was smothered to death by grains as a barn collapsed on him, one mile south of Vienna.

June 22, 1996:

From the morning through the late afternoon hours, several supercell thunderstorms moved southeast along a strong warm front from eastern Corson County to southwest Deuel County. These storms produced several tornados, large hail, very heavy rains, and damaging winds. Hail up to the size of baseballs and winds gusting to 70 mph damaged and destroyed thousands of acres of crops, broke windows in homes, buildings, and vehicles. Many roofs were damaged and trees were downed from near Mobridge to Redfield to Toronto. The most extensive crop, building, and tree damage was around the areas of Redfield, Vienna, Naples, Hazel, Bryant, Henry, Lake Norden, Castlewood, Estelline, and Toronto all south of Highway 212. The hail swaths of destruction were as much as 10 miles wide in places. Some farmers said you could not tell what was planted because the crops were completely destroyed. Hail piles of one to two feet were reported in some places. Also, most of the area from Redfield to Toronto received one to three inches of rain which caused some flooding problems.

June 22, 2003:

A hailstone measured 7 inches in diameter and 18.75 inches in circumference, both setting a new record. This massive hailstone fell in the town of Aurora, Nebraska. The previous record hailstone fell in Coffeyville, Kansas on September 3, 1970 with a diameter of 5.7 inched and a circumference of 17.5 inches.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 104 (1911) Aberdeen: 39 (1905)
Kennebec: 107 (1988) Kennebec: 42 (1942)
Mobridge: 104 (1911) Mobridge: 40 (1942)
Pierre: 104 (1937) Pierre: 42 (1942)
Sisseton: 101 (1988) Sisseton: 36 (1905)
Timber Lake: 99 (1933) Timber Lake: 39 (1942)
Watertown: 99 (1988) Watertown: 34 (1902)
Wheaton: 99 (1988) Wheaton: 42 (1918)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.40" (1931)
Kennebec: 1.19" (1964)
Mobridge: 1.35" (1931)
Pierre: 1.28" (1995)
Sisseton: 1.87" (1948)
Timber Lake: 1.48" (1995)
Watertown: 1.89" (1948)
Wheaton: 1.23" (1990)


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