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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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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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