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 21 April 1887 → Prescott, KS was directly hit by an F4 tornado, resulting in 12 fatalities and 80 homes destroyed. The tornado was part of a family of tornadoes that reduced farms to kindling along a 60 mile path from Anderson County, KS to Bates County, MO. It was one of the most expensive tornado disasters of the 19th Century.
 21 April 1967Tornadoes ravaged northern Illinois. An F4 occurring at 3:50 pm in Belvidere left 24 dead and 500 injured. Seven people were killed at a shopping center, and at least 13 were killed at Belvidere High School. Another F4 at 5:24 pm left 33 dead and 500 injured. This funnel hit Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Hometown, and Evergreen Park southwest of Chicago.
 21 April 2002 → An F3 tornado struck Wayne County, IL with winds as high as 200mph. Incredibly, only one life was lost.

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May 6, 1965:

Six tornadoes struck an 11 county region with the greatest damage southwest and just north of Minneapolis.

May 6, 1988:

High winds produced blowing dust which reduced visibilities to less than one half mile in northeastern South Dakota. Wind gusts of 62 mph were reported at Aberdeen. A small building was destroyed in Gettysburg and a building was damaged near Timber Lake. Winds also blew over a tractor trailer injuring a man in Okaton.

May 6, 1999:

High winds of 35 to 50 mph, gusting to over 60 mph blew across central and north central South Dakota from the early morning to the late evening hours causing some damage. In Pierre, the high winds blew a large tree down and tore loose a piece of the sheet metal cornice atop a downtown building. At the Legion Memorial Park in Mobridge, the high winds knocked the centerfield lights to the ground. In Jones County, a semi tractor trailer was blown over and damaged. The fishing tournament of Lake Oahe had to be postponed as result of the high winds.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1916) Aberdeen: 23 (1931)
Kennebec: 93 (2000) Kennebec: 19 (1931)
Mobridge: 87 (1992) Mobridge: 22 (1929)
Pierre: 89 (1934) Pierre: 24 (1976)
Sisseton: 91 (1934) Sisseton: 22 (1976)
Timber Lake: 87 (2000) Timber Lake: 24 (1989)
Watertown: 89 (1934) Watertown: 17 (1976)
Wheaton: 93 (2000) Wheaton: 14 (1925)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.76" (1895) Aberdeen: 0.2" (1950)
Kennebec: 0.85" (1942)
Mobridge: 1.01" (1930)
Pierre: 1.26" (1932)
Sisseton: 1.74" (1902)
Timber Lake: 1.71" (1983)
Watertown: 1.20" (1968)
Wheaton: 1.45" (2007)


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