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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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May 16, 1929:

On this day, Aberdeen recorded 3.0 inches of snow. This is the latest measurable snow for the city of Aberdeen on record.

May 16, 1992:

This was a wild day across the tri state region of Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa, with tornadoes and very strong straight-line winds. A tornado tore up three grain bins and two farm wagons in Cedar County of northeast Nebraska before crossing into Dixon County. As it traveled east, it destroyed two barns and a garage, and was responsible for killing between 5,000 and 10,000 chickens at a chicken farm. In northwest Iowa, Sioux City reported winds of around 60 miles an hour causing some minor damage. Elsewhere, winds gusted as high as 75 miles an hour in Spencer and 74 miles an hour in Le Mars.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 101 (1934) Aberdeen: 23 (2014)
Kennebec: 102 (1934) Kennebec: 26 (2011)
Mobridge: 97 (1934) Mobridge: 27 (2009)
Pierre: 98 (1934) Pierre: 29 (2009)
Sisseton: 96 (1934) Sisseton: 28 (2014)
Timber Lake: 89 (1987) Timber Lake: 25 (2009)
Watertown: 99 (1934) Watertown: 23 (1929)
Wheaton: 90 (1918) Wheaton: 24 (1923)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.15" (2004) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1929)
Kennebec: 1.53" (1962)
Mobridge: 1.15" (1942)
Pierre: 2.03" (1962)
Sisseton: 2.43" (1962)
Timber Lake: 1.11" (1961)
Watertown: 1.52" (1962)
Wheaton: 1.63" (1962) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.