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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 24, 1902:

Very strong winds occurred during the evening hours over portions of Hand and Stanly, to Turner and Lincoln Counties. Heavy losses occurred to barns and other farm outbuildings, trees, and windmills. One person was killed and several were injured. A peak wind gust of 67 mph was recorded in Pierre.

June 24, 2003:

An F4 tornado destroyed or heavily damaged all buildings, other structures, and vehicles in the small town of Manchester, in Kingsbury County. Propane and fuel oil tanks were destroyed. Many homes were stripped to the foundation. Of the six residents of the town, four were injured and were transported to hospitals. Three were deemed to be seriously injured, but none of the injuries were listed as life threatening. One of the injured was in a basement, one was blown out of the home on the way to the same basement, and two were in a mobile home which was destroyed. The tornado damaged crops, trees, and power lines south of Manchester prior to reaching the town. The tornado also heavily damaged several farms north of Manchester, including two farms on which several buildings, including the houses were destroyed. About 12 cattle were killed and others injured. The amount of crop damage was not known. Throughout the path, the tornado was observed to have multiple vortices. The tornado was observed and videotaped by numerous storm chasers and researchers. Researchers also deployed weather sensors around the town of Manchester. One of these sensors recorded a 100 millibar pressure drop as the tornado passed.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 108 (1988) Aberdeen: 41 (1958)
Kennebec: 111 (1988) Kennebec: 39 (1951)
Mobridge: 108 (1936) Mobridge: 38 (1929)
Pierre: 112 (1988) Pierre: 42 (1958)
Sisseton: 104 (1988) Sisseton: 42 (2004)
Timber Lake: 108 (1936) Timber Lake: 38 (1993)
Watertown: 105 (1988) Watertown: 40 (1958)
Wheaton: 100 (1988) Wheaton: 44 (2004)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.54" (1998)
Kennebec: 1.44" (2003)
Mobridge: 1.91" (1946)
Pierre: 2.14" (1969)
Sisseton: 1.53" (1993)
Timber Lake: 2.59" (1938)
Watertown: 1.83" (2003)
Wheaton: 2.40" (1914)


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