This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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May 18, 1918:

An estimated F2 tornado moved NNE from 5 miles NNW of Ferney, across the eastern edge of Groton. Homes were unroofed and barns were destroyed. Nine farms lost buildings. One man was injured in a barn, another in a car that was thrown from the road. Estimated damage was set at $60,000. Tornadoes were also seen in Lincoln and Sanborn Counties in South Dakota. Also, an estimated F2 tornado moved northeast through the townships of Akron and Artichoke in Big Stone County, Minnesota. About 300 farms had tornado damage. The funnel dissipated on Artichoke Lake.

May 18, 1960:

Pierre received 1.96 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes which caused flash flooding. About 30 basements were flooded with extensive cave in damage at one home. Flash flooding from 2 to 3 inches of rain occurred near Presho, washing out county roads, three bridges and a grain storage bin. Gettysburg also received 2.5 inches of rain.

May 18, 1996:

A brief F0 tornado touchdown and cut a narrow path from 2 miles east of Willow Lake with no damage reported. A 100 mph wind gust blew down 38 large trees on Highway 81 from the junction of Lake Norden corner on Highway 28 to the junction of the Hayti corner. Also, 4 double posted and 5 single posted signs were broken off and 1 single posted steel sign was bent over.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 100 (1934) Aberdeen: 26 (1915)
Kennebec: 104 (1934) Kennebec: 25 (2002)
Mobridge: 98 (1934) Mobridge: 26 (1915)
Pierre: 103 (1934) Pierre: 26 (2002)
Sisseton: 98 (1934) Sisseton: 31 (1968)
Timber Lake: 95 (1941) Timber Lake: 25 (1915)
Watertown: 94 (1934) Watertown: 25 (2002)
Wheaton: 91 (1972) Wheaton: 27 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.27" (1950)
Kennebec: 0.98" (1960)
Mobridge: 0.55" (1951)
Pierre: 1.96" (1960)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1962)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (2005)
Watertown: 1.35" (1962)
Wheaton: 1.60" (1962)


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