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 28 March 1920 → An F4 tornado roared from northeast Indiana into northwest Ohio. 13 people died and 34 were injured in the devastation near Fort Wayne. Powerful tornadoes also struck Chicago and its suburbs. Additional tornadoes, up to F4 strength, tore through Tennessee and Alabama.
 28 March 1984 → 22 tornadoes struck the Carolinas, including several F4s. There were 57 fatalities and 1248 injuries, along with $200 million in damage. Nashville, TN tied their all-time record low barometric pressure (29.02").
 28 March 1988 → Grapefruit sized hail fell on Oklahoma City. The hail, along with winds gusting to 70mph, destroyed 1,500 new cars at the General Motors plant. Total damage around the city came to about $35 million. Other severe thunderstorms produced three tornadoes and baseball sized hail over other parts of central and southern Oklahoma.
 28 March 2004 → The only known South Atlantic hurricane was recorded as Tropical Cyclone Catarina's winds hit 100mph.

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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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