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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 26, 1977:

During an early morning severe weather event, hail up to 1.75 inches in diameter fell 1 mile NE of Watertown in Codington County. In addition, hail up to 1.50 inches in diameter fell in Milbank, Grant County.

March 26, 1995:

Heavy snow fell over most of central South Dakota, as well as in the northern Black Hills. Heavier accumulations included 14 inches at Murdo, 13 inches at Lead, and 12 inches at Eureka, Leola, and Buskala Ranch. Only a few traffic accidents were reported, although many other vehicles slid into ditches. There was some damage to power lines and poles. Some livestock losses were feared, as the snow fell during the calving season, although this could not be assessed in the short term.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 76 (1905) Aberdeen: -13 (1964)
Kennebec: 82 (2012) Kennebec: -19 (1894)
Mobridge: 72 (2004) Mobridge: -7 (1996)
Pierre: 79 (1993) Pierre: -3 (1964)
Sisseton: 71 (1968) Sisseton: -12 (1996)
Timber Lake: 77 (2007) Timber Lake: -10 (1913)
Watertown: 70 (1991) Watertown: -6 (1964)
Wheaton: 69 (1925) Wheaton: -11 (1996)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.98" (1942) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1942)
Kennebec: 0.75" (1931) Kennebec: 8.0" (1983)
Mobridge: 0.83" (1950) Mobridge: 4.0" (1942)
Pierre: 1.18" (1950) Pierre: 5.0" (1942)
Sisseton: 2.65" (1942) Sisseton: 3.0" (1942)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (1942) Timber Lake: 8.0" (1931)
Watertown: 1.04" (1995) Watertown: 4.6" (1975)
Wheaton: 1.45" (1920) Wheaton: 3.0" (1921)


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