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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 22, 1963:

The late spring freeze continued through the early morning hours with many locations reporting lows in the lower 20s. Some low temperatures include: 18 degrees in Andover; 20 degrees in Britton, 4 NW of Gann Valley, Leola and Roscoe; 21 degrees Castlewood, Ipswich, Kennebec, Redfield, 2 NW of Stephen, and 1 west of Summit; 22 degrees in Aberdeen, Eureka, 1 west of Highmore, McLaughlin, and 4 west of Mellette.

May 22, 2010:

An EF2 tornado in eastern Walworth County crossed into western Edmunds County and intensified into a large EF4 tornado as it struck several farms in its path. At the first farm, several large cottonwood trees were uprooted along with damage to several trailers. Three grain bins were also destroyed with debris located several hundred yards to the northeast. The residence suffered some shingle and antenna damage. The tornado then tracked northeast to a second farm where several outbuildings were damaged or destroyed along with widespread tree damage. The main residence at this location suffered no damage. Several grain cars were also rolled about 100 yards into the trees behind the house. The large tornado continued to track northeast to a third farm to the north of Bowdle. The main residence suffered major damage to walls with part of the roof structure removed. Widespread tree damage was sustained with many of the trees completely debarked with only the stumps of the largest branches remaining. Two large garages were completely destroyed with the concrete slab wiped clean. The vehicles in one garage were rolled or tossed from 25 to 100 yards away. It is estimated that one vehicle flew through the air 75 to 100 yards resting in the tree shelter belt to the north of the residence. Several other outbuildings were completely destroyed. The tornado then toppled six to eight metal power transmission towers as it moved to the north of the farm. One tower was sheared off from the concrete footings and traveled an estimated 400 yards. Ground scouring was visible along the path of these towers. The large tornado continued to track east crossing over State Highway 47 where a state radio tower was toppled. The tornado lifted shortly thereafter. The highest wind speeds were estimated to be from 166 to 200 mph.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1928) Aberdeen: 22 (1963)
Kennebec: 96 (1954) Kennebec: 21 (1963)
Mobridge: 91 (1966) Mobridge: 27 (1963)
Pierre: 94 (1966) Pierre: 27 (1963)
Sisseton: 92 (1964) Sisseton: 27 (1963)
Timber Lake: 91 (1967) Timber Lake: 25 (1963)
Watertown: 92 (1964) Watertown: 22 (1931)
Wheaton: 97 (1964) Wheaton: 28 (1963)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.23" (2010)
Kennebec: 1.68" (2007)
Mobridge: 1.15" (1986)
Pierre: 1.98" (2007)
Sisseton: 1.55" (1988)
Timber Lake: 0.98" (1972)
Watertown: 2.48" (1972)
Wheaton: 1.91" (1933)


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