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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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May 26, 1983:

Unofficial rain fall of up to 5 inches caused widespread flooding of basements and streets in and near Aberdeen. The storm total rain fall officially at the Aberdeen airport was 1.72 inches.

May 26, 1985:

Hail of unknown diameter was five inches deep, 1 mile north of Rosholt. Some hail remained on the ground until the following morning.

May 26, 1992:

A widespread frost and hard freeze hit most of South Dakota except portions of the southeast causing up to $14 million in potential crop losses to growing corn, soybeans, wheat, and other crops. Some low temperatures include; 23 degrees 12 miles SSW of Harrold; 26 at one mile west of Highmore and 23 north of Highmore; 27 in Kennebec; and 28 degrees 1 NW of Faulkton and at Redfield.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1900) Aberdeen: 30 (1992)
Kennebec: 97 (1914) Kennebec: 27 (1992)
Mobridge: 98 (2006) Mobridge: 32 (1947)
Pierre: 96 (2006) Pierre: 29 (1992)
Sisseton: 94 (1934) Sisseton: 32 (1932)
Timber Lake: 95 (2006) Timber Lake: 28 (1992)
Watertown: 91 (1911) Watertown: 30 (1971)
Wheaton: 90 (1966) Wheaton: 32 (1971)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.40" (1906)
Kennebec: 1.30" (1918)
Mobridge: 2.35" (1932)
Pierre: 1.81" (1955)
Sisseton: 1.06" (1943)
Timber Lake: 2.00" (1973) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1918)
Watertown: 0.98" (1939)
Wheaton: 0.79" (1939) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.