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 23 October 1091 → England's earliest known tornado was also one of its strongest on record. It has been rated as an EF4, and devastated central London. The church at St. Mary le Bow was badly damaged with four rafters, each 26 feet long, driven 22 feet into the ground. Other churches in the area were demolished, as were over 600 houses. London Bridge was destroyed.
 23 October 1761 → A violent hurricane struck New England, causing tremendous damage in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
 23 October 1920 → Tetsuya Fujita, inventor of the Fujita Scale, was born.
 23 October 2002 → Visibility was reduced to less than 100 meters during the Australian Dust Storm. It was the worst dust storm in 30 years.

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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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