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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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March 24, 1996:

North winds of 30 to 40 mph, gusting to 55 mph, combined with the falling snow and the previous day's snowfall to create blizzard conditions. Travel became extremely difficult. Several cars went into ditches and flights out of Aberdeen were canceled. Schools and activities were either delayed or cancelled. Some of the more significant two day snowfall amounts include, 6 inches at Sisseton and Aberdeen, 7 inches at Sand Lake NWR, 8 inches near Veblen, 9 inches at Britton, and 10 inches near Victor.

March 24, 2009:

A strong area of low pressure moved out of the Rockies and into the Northern Plains producing snow and widespread blizzard conditions across central and north central South Dakota. Winds gusting to over 60 mph along with several inches of snow caused hazardous travel conditions. Interstate 90 was closed for a time across much of Jones and part of Lyman County. Power was also out in parts of Pierre and Mobridge for a short period of time. Some snowfall amounts included; 2 inches at Pierre; 5 inches in Hayes and Timber Lake; 6 inches in Murdo, McLaughlin, and 6 miles southeast of McInstosh; 7 inches 14 miles northeast of Isabel; 8 inches in Eagle Butte; and 12 inches 8 miles southwest of Keldron.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 80 (1939) Aberdeen: -10 (1893)
Kennebec: 83 (1907) Kennebec: -5 (1952)
Mobridge: 81 (1939) Mobridge: -8 (1913)
Pierre: 84 (1939) Pierre: -3 (1965)
Sisseton: 81 (1939) Sisseton: -12 (1974)
Timber Lake: 79 (1939) Timber Lake: -6 (1965)
Watertown: 78 (1939) Watertown: -9 (1974)
Wheaton: 76 (1968) Wheaton: -11 (1974)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 3.00" (1937) Aberdeen: 13.0" (1937)
Kennebec: 1.28" (1937) Kennebec: 8.5" (1962)
Mobridge: 1.08" (1989) Mobridge: 3.5" (1996)
Pierre: 1.65" (1937) Pierre: 13.5" (1937)
Sisseton: 1.14" (1975) Sisseton: 11.0" (1975)
Timber Lake: 0.91" (1989) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1996)
Watertown: 1.17" (1937) Watertown: 16.0" (1937)
Wheaton: 0.69" (1937) Wheaton: 6.0" (1975) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.