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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 17, 1997:

High winds of 30 to 50 mph, gusting to over 60 mph, occurred over much of northeast South Dakota through the morning and into the early afternoon hours. Several homes and businesses sustained some roof damage. In Aberdeen, the high winds tore a large piece of roof off of a bowling alley and also tore a piece of roof off an appliance store. The wind damaged some power lines and connections in Aberdeen, including some traffic lights. In Aberdeen, the power was out for 2500 customers for a few hours in the morning. The wind also damaged two old farm buildings west of Aberdeen. One barn lost 75 percent of it's roof. The second barn was pushed six inches off of it's foundation suffering minor structural damage. The Edmunds County Highway Department Shop, under construction east of Ipswich, suffered much of damage as many rafters came down and the sidewall frame shifted. Finally, many small to medium-sized branches were brought down by the high winds. Some peak wind gusts across the area included 58 mph in Aberdeen and 63 mph in Watertown.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 77 (2012) Aberdeen: -10 (1906)
Kennebec: 82 (2012) Kennebec: -14 (1943)
Mobridge: 79 (2012) Mobridge: -4 (1939)
Pierre: 80 (2012) Pierre: -3 (1989)
Sisseton: 78 (2012) Sisseton: -11 (1902)
Timber Lake: 79 (2012) Timber Lake: -3 (1965)
Watertown: 78 (1894) Watertown: -10 (1993)
Wheaton: 78 (2012) Wheaton: -12 (1923)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.93" (1987) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1907)
Kennebec: 1.25" (1987) Kennebec: 12.0" (1987)
Mobridge: 0.39" (1966) Mobridge: 3.2" (1982)
Pierre: 0.94" (1986) Pierre: 4.0" (1986)
Sisseton: 1.05" (1943) Sisseton: 6.0" (1943)
Timber Lake: 0.50" (1987) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1989)
Watertown: 0.87" (1965) Watertown: 6.0" (1965)
Wheaton: 0.38" (1965) Wheaton: 2.5" (1951) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.