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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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March 11, 1991:

A developing winter storm, centered to the south of the Black Hills, caused heavy snow to fall on the northern Black Hills the evening of March 11 into the morning of March 12th. Snowfall totals of 3-9 inches were reported, including 9 inches at Custer, 8 inches at Deerfield, and 8 inches at Lead.

March 11, 2009:

Bitter cold air filtered in behind the low pressure system bringing record cold to the area. Timber Lake and Mobridge broke their record low highs for the date when they only reached 1 below zero and zero, respectively, by the late afternoon. Mobridge also set a record low of 17 degrees below zero in the early morning hours of the 11th. Also on the 11th, Aberdeen and Sisseton broke their record low highs for the date with afternoon highs only reaching zero. The record at Aberdeen had been in place since 1896. Sisseton also set a record low of 14 degrees below zero on March 12th.

March 11, 2011:

A very intense low pressure area moving across North Dakota brought widespread blizzard conditions to central and northeast South Dakota. The low pressure area brought 1 to 3 inches of snowfall to the region. This new snowfall combined with 30 to 50 mph winds with gusts to 60 to 70 mph brought widespread whiteout conditions. Traffic was brought to a standstill with many motorists having to be rescued and taken to shelter. Hundreds of cars were stranded on mainly Highway 12 and Interstate-29. Two people traveling on Highway 10 in McPherson county told about how they became stuck and were picked up by another vehicle and that it took them over 2 1/2 hours to travel just a few miles to safety. Interstate-29 was closed from Watertown to Sisseton from 6 pm on the 11th until noon on the 12th. Many events were affected including the Girls State Basketball Tournament in Watertown. There were several overturned semis along with several vehicle accidents across the area. Some of the highest wind gusts included, 56 mph at Watertown; 58 mph at Mobridge, Sisseton, and Faulkton; 59 mph at Aberdeen; 61 mph at Bowdle; 66 mph near Hillhead, and 71 mph west of Long Lake.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 64 (1934) Aberdeen: -27 (1948)
Kennebec: 83 (1995) Kennebec: -25 (1998)
Mobridge: 75 (1911) Mobridge: -17 (2009)
Pierre: 80 (1995) Pierre: -19 (1998)
Sisseton: 62 (2012) Sisseton: -15 (1948)
Timber Lake: 73 (1946) Timber Lake: -24 (1998)
Watertown: 66 (1990) Watertown: -27 (1948)
Wheaton: 59 (1981) Wheaton: -10 (2009)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 3.00" (1897) Aberdeen: 16.0" (1897)
Kennebec: 1.00" (1977) Kennebec: 4.5" (2006)
Mobridge: 1.29" (1977) Mobridge: 12.7" (1977)
Pierre: 0.32" (1899) Pierre: 3.0" (2006)
Sisseton: 0.61" (1977) Sisseton: 5.0" (1975)
Timber Lake: 0.35" (1977) Timber Lake: 3.1" (1940)
Watertown: 1.13" (1977) Watertown: 8.0" (1897)
Wheaton: 0.42" (1973) Wheaton: 5.8" (2009)


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