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 25 December 1974Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia. Winds gusted up to 135 mph, even though it was the smallest hurricane-strength tropical cyclone on record with a diameter of only 60 miles, and gale force winds only extending 30 miles out from the center. At least 65 lives were claimed.
 25 December 2004 → It was New Orleans' first (and, so far, only) Christmas with measurable snowfall, with half an inch of snow. It was also their fourth heaviest snow on record.
 25 December 2011 → Tennis ball sized hail, flash flooding, and two tornadoes struck west of Melbourne, Australia. Also, the South Pole experienced its warmest temperature on record: 10 degrees.

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May 21, 1977:

Five tornadoes were seen by observers south of Clear Lake. One was five miles south of town moving northeast. Another was four miles south and one mile west of Clear Lake. Both destroyed trees and some small buildings. Three other tornadoes were sighted about two miles south of town. These touched down only momentarily with no damage occurring. Two tornadoes were seen in Southern Codington County. One was seen at Grover and the other was five miles south of Watertown. No damage was reported. A tornado was on the ground in the vicinity of Revillo. A few barns and some out building were damaged.

May 21, 1992:

A severe thunderstorm moved over northwestern Edmunds County causing high winds and penny size hail. In Bowdle there was considerable wind damage. Tree limbs in excess of five inches in diameter were broken off and fell on a car. Other tree branches went through the roof of a home. Two pickup trucks were rolled on their side. Three miles ENE of Bowdle a garage was moved 20 feet off its foundation and was stopped by a large tractor.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1925) Aberdeen: 25 (1895)
Kennebec: 99 (1925) Kennebec: 21 (1931)
Mobridge: 94 (1964) Mobridge: 23 (1931)
Pierre: 93 (1992) Pierre: 32 (1968)
Sisseton: 96 (1964) Sisseton: 32 (1963)
Timber Lake: 92 (1955) Timber Lake: 20 (1931)
Watertown: 92 (1964) Watertown: 28 (1928)
Wheaton: 98 (1964) Wheaton: 31 (1963)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.48" (1898)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1977)
Mobridge: 1.65" (1962)
Pierre: 1.01" (1899)
Sisseton: 3.84" (1965)
Timber Lake: 1.07" (1962)
Watertown: 1.70" (1909)
Wheaton: 2.20" (1937)


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