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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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March 16, 1963:

Freezing rain, followed by blizzard conditions, impacted much of western and northern South Dakota. Icing and strong winds knocked down many utility poles and lines. The heaviest snow fell near the Black Hills and exceeded 12 inches. Rapid City alone spent $14,000 for snow removal; quite possibly, at its time, the most spent at once since the Blizzard of 1949.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (2012) Aberdeen: -17 (1906)
Kennebec: 86 (2012) Kennebec: -19 (1906)
Mobridge: 83 (2012) Mobridge: -2 (1944)
Pierre: 86 (2012) Pierre: -5 (1962)
Sisseton: 79 (2012) Sisseton: -7 (1902)
Timber Lake: 82 (2012) Timber Lake: -8 (1913)
Watertown: 77 (2012) Watertown: -14 (1900)
Wheaton: 68 (2003) Wheaton: -4 (1997)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.80" (1893) Aberdeen: 8.0" (1893)
Kennebec: 0.80" (1946) Kennebec: 5.0" (1917)
Mobridge: 0.72" (1963) Mobridge: 6.0" (1917)
Pierre: 0.78" (1946) Pierre: 4.0" (2006)
Sisseton: 0.98" (1945) Sisseton: 5.0" (1934)
Timber Lake: 0.89" (1943) Timber Lake: 7.0" (1963)
Watertown: 1.25" (1946) Watertown: 6.0" (1920)
Wheaton: 0.70" (1943) Wheaton: 3.0" (1990)


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