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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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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.