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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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March 13, 1971:

During an evening thunderstorm in Moody County, South Dakota, lightning destroyed a transformer plant in Coleman. Damages were estimated at $250,000.

March 13, 1997:

A winter storm began with widespread freezing drizzle, creating icy roadways and walkways, before changing over to snow. Before the snow was over, 2 to 8 inches had fallen on an already expansive and deep snowpack. The winds accelerated to 20 to 40 mph, resulting in widespread blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities were reduced to near zero at times, making travel treacherous. Many roads again became blocked by snowdrifts and several were closed. Many area schools were again closed, adding to an already substantial total of days missed for the winter season. Some people were stranded, and had to wait out the storm. Some airport flights were canceled. The icy roads and low visibilities resulted in several vehicle mishaps as well. There was a rollover accident west of Mobridge and an overturned van 7 miles west of Webster. On Interstate-29 there were several rollover accidents, including vehicles sliding off of the road. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches at Timber Lake, Mobridge, Eureka, Leola, Britton, and Clark, 5 inches at Leola, 6 inches at Waubay and Summit, and 8 inches at Pollock.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 71 (2012) Aberdeen: -28 (1896)
Kennebec: 82 (2012) Kennebec: -18 (1960)
Mobridge: 79 (1911) Mobridge: -14 (1951)
Pierre: 82 (2012) Pierre: -15 (1960)
Sisseton: 62 (1945) Sisseton: -6 (1993)
Timber Lake: 77 (2012) Timber Lake: -23 (1951)
Watertown: 70 (2012) Watertown: -14 (1960)
Wheaton: 60 (1990) Wheaton: -14 (2009)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.56" (1929) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1918)
Kennebec: 0.85" (1938) Kennebec: 4.0" (2006)
Mobridge: 0.77" (1944) Mobridge: 3.8" (1944)
Pierre: 0.42" (1929) Pierre: 2.4" (1952)
Sisseton: 0.50" (1997) Sisseton: 5.5" (1997)
Timber Lake: 1.50" (1918) Timber Lake: 8.3" (1944)
Watertown: 0.23" (1940) Watertown: 5.0" (1893)
Wheaton: 0.47" (1918) Wheaton: 3.7" (1952) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.