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 23 September 1551 → The Grand Harbour, located in Valeeta, Malta, was hit by a tornado which moved inland and caused extensive damage. A shipping armada in the harbor about to go into battle was destroyed by the tornado, killing at least 600 people.
 23 September 1815 → The poem "The September Gale," penned by Oliver Wendell Holmes, was written about a hurricane that struck New England on this date. Holmes was just six years old at the time.
 23 September 1983 → Super Typhoon Forrest underwent extremely rapid intensification as its central pressure crashed 92mb in just under 24 hours.

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June 23, 1898:

A high temperature 99 degree was reported in Beardsley, Minnesota. This was the warmest temperature recorded in the state of Minnesota during the month of June, 1898.

June 23, 1914:

A destructive, estimated F3 tornado moved east across Altamont Township in Brown County. All buildings were destroyed on at least four farms. A man was killed trying to keep his family from being blown out of a shallow cellar. Another storm moved east from the southeastern part of Watertown to north of Goodwin. Over 200 homes were heavily damaged at Watertown by both an estimated F2 tornado and downburst winds. Barns were destroyed on three farms east of Watertown. Estimated damage was at $200,000.

June 23, 1959:

Five barns were destroyed as an estimated F2 tornado passed 1 mile north of Wessington. Debris from one barn was carried about a mile away. Persons in the storm area did not see a funnel, but others at a distance saw a tornado. Elsewhere, afternoon and evening thunderstorms caused hail and wind damage south of Claire City, and around Clark. Also damaged reported near Oacoma.

June 23, 2002:

A powerful supercell thunderstorm produced six tornados from eastern McPherson County and across northern Brown County during the evening hours. The first tornado to touchdown was a brief F0, and occurred 6.4 miles northeast of Leola and resulted in no damage. The second tornado was an F1 and touched down 8.5 miles northeast of Leola and crossed over into Brown County where it dissipated 9 miles northwest of Barnard. This tornado brought down many trees and a barn, and caused damage to the siding and the roof of a farmhouse in McPherson County. A third weak satellite F0 tornado occurred following the dissipation of the second tornado and resulted in no damage. A fourth, stronger F3 tornado developed 6 miles west of Barnard and moved east before dissipating 3 miles southeast of Barnard. This tornado brought down some high power lines along with a support tower and tossed a pickup truck 100 yards into a group of trees. The pickup truck was totaled. The tornado caused extensive damage to two farmhouses, several farm buildings, and farm equipment. One farmhouse lost the garage and had many trees completely snapped off down low and debarked. The fifth tornado developed 5 miles southeast of Barnard and became a violent F4 tornado. This tornado caused damage to one farmhouse, several outbuildings, trees, and equipment as it moved northeast and strengthened. The tornado then completely demolished two unoccupied homes, several outbuildings, along with destroying or damaging some farm equipment before dissipating 7.6 miles northeast of Barnard. The sixth tornado was a weak satellite F0 which occurred with this violent tornado and caused no damage. The F4 tornado was the first recorded in Brown county and one of few recorded in South Dakota. The total estimated property loss exceeded a million dollars.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 102 (1937) Aberdeen: 33 (1942)
Kennebec: 105 (1937) Kennebec: 35 (1916)
Mobridge: 104 (1937) Mobridge: 35 (1987)
Pierre: 106 (1937) Pierre: 41 (1942)
Sisseton: 100 (1937) Sisseton: 41 (1903)
Timber Lake: 104 (1913) Timber Lake: 38 (1942)
Watertown: 100 (1937) Watertown: 39 (1926)
Wheaton: 98 (1950) Wheaton: 38 (1926)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.90" (1930)
Kennebec: 1.58" (1951)
Mobridge: 2.20" (1930)
Pierre: 1.01" (1951)
Sisseton: 1.28" (1959)
Timber Lake: 1.68" (1928)
Watertown: 1.32" (1940)
Wheaton: 2.28" (2003)


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