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 21 September 1588 → After an unsuccessful battle with the English fleet, the Spanish Armada encountered strong storms and high winds off the coast of Ireland on its way back to Spain. 26 ships are believed to have been lost. The remaining ships limped back to Spain defeated and demoralized, ending the reign of the once unbeatable Spanish Armada.
 21 September 1894 → A huge tornado outbreak swept from Iowa through Minnesota to Wisconsin, with an unusual number of extremely violent tornadoes. The tornado that rampaged through Kossuth County, MN, was likely an F5 as homes and farms were wiped clean from the earth.
 21 September 1909 → A category 3 hurricane crossed the Gulf of Mexico and came ashore in southern Louisiana. The storm inflicted 120 mph winds on southeast Louisiana and took its storm surge 2 miles inland. There were about 371 fatalities despite the Weather Bureau having issued its first warnings for the storm three days earlier.
 21 September 1938 → The New England Hurricane was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike southern New England. The storm roared ashore over Long Island, NY at nearly 60 mph at the time of high tide. This created a deadly tidal surge, which submerged downtown Providence, RI under 20 feet of water. Hurricane force winds were felt throughout New England, with a gust to 186 mph at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was responsible for over 500 deaths.

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May 25, 1880:

An estimated F2 tornado moved northeast through the town of Mitchell. Two men were killed when they ran out the back door of saloon in order to reach the cellar entrance. The caulk stone saloon was destroyed along with two homes and several businesses. This tornado was one of the first significant tornadoes on record for the state of South Dakota.

May 25, 1985:

During the afternoon hours, thunderstorms developed along the east side of the Black Hills. The storms produced quite a bit of lightning and over the course of 2 hours started 18 small fires in the Black Hills. Fortunately, most of the fires were small and easily contained. One unfortunate fire fighter was struck by lightning as he was helping to extinguish a blaze that burned some 50 acres of grassland and forest. Thankfully, the man lived, but he did suffer several broken bones, burns, and major damage to his ears. The strike was so powerful that a man standing over 150 feet away was dropped to his knees.

May 25, 2008:

A rare, large and destructive EF5 tornado created a 43 mile long path across Butler and Black Hawk counties in Iowa. This tornado killed eight people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of destruction. After the initial touchdown, the tornado quickly grew in size and intensity as it approached the town of Parkersburg. The tornado was nearly three quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg. A third of the town was affected by devastating damage with nearly 200 homes destroyed. This was the first EF5 tornado to strike Iowa since June 13, 1976 and only the third EF5 tornado to occur in the United States in the past 10 years.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 93 (1941) Aberdeen: 29 (1924)
Kennebec: 95 (1985) Kennebec: 27 (1924)
Mobridge: 96 (1941) Mobridge: 35 (2002)
Pierre: 95 (1985) Pierre: 34 (1992)
Sisseton: 92 (1959) Sisseton: 32 (1905)
Timber Lake: 94 (1941) Timber Lake: 33 (1987)
Watertown: 92 (1926) Watertown: 28 (1925)
Wheaton: 92 (2010) Wheaton: 30 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.70" (1906)
Kennebec: 1.77" (1906)
Mobridge: 1.80" (1960)
Pierre: 1.22" (1907)
Sisseton: 0.75" (2005)
Timber Lake: 2.70" (1957)
Watertown: 1.05" (1957)
Wheaton: 0.58" (2004)


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