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 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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March 7, 1998:

A winter storm tracked across South Dakota resulting in heavy snow of 6 to 8 inches across most of central South Dakota from the evening of the 6th into the afternoon of the 7th. Some snowfall amounts included 6 inches at Fort Pierre and near Stephan, 7 inches at Blunt, Pierre, and Murdo, and 8 inches across far southern Jones and Lyman counties. Many activities were canceled and travel was significantly disrupted, especially on Interstate-90.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 69 (1987) Aberdeen: -24 (1995)
Kennebec: 71 (2006) Kennebec: -22 (1943)
Mobridge: 64 (1968) Mobridge: -17 (1995)
Pierre: 69 (2006) Pierre: -15 (1996)
Sisseton: 70 (2000) Sisseton: -13 (1960)
Timber Lake: 63 (1977) Timber Lake: -19 (1995)
Watertown: 74 (2000) Watertown: -19 (2008)
Wheaton: 71 (1987) Wheaton: -14 (2008)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.22" (1951) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1951)
Kennebec: 0.50" (1990) Kennebec: 5.0" (1998)
Mobridge: 0.39" (2000) Mobridge: 1.7" (1951)
Pierre: 0.42" (1990) Pierre: 3.0" (1998)
Sisseton: 0.53" (1983) Sisseton: 3.0" (1984)
Timber Lake: 0.33" (1983) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1983)
Watertown: 0.55" (1983) Watertown: 1.9" (1983)
Wheaton: 0.83" (1950) Wheaton: 7.0" (1950)


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