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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
 16 September 1926 → The Great Miami Hurricane struck that city as a Category 4. The eye of the storm crossed directly over downtown Miami and lasted for 35 minutes, prompting people to return to the streets where subsequently many were killed as the second half of the storm roared in. Very little of Miami and Miami Beach were left intact.
 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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May 27, 1896:

One of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history touched down about six miles west of the Eads Bridge, in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 137 people died when the tornado went through the heart of St. Louis, and left a mile wide path of destruction. This tornado crossed the Mississippi River, into East St. Louis, Illinois, were it killed an additional 118 people.

May 27, 1942:

One barn was destroyed, and 27 trees were uprooted in a brief F2 touchdown on the western edge of Bryant.

May 27, 1996:

On May 26th, anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period over the lower Bad River Basin. In addition, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell over much of Western South Dakota. This runoff caused the Bad River at Fort Pierre to crest at 26.25 feet or about 5 feet above flood stage late on the 27th before falling back below flood stage on the 30th. The entire length of the Bad River Road from U.S. Highway 83 near Fort Pierre to U.S. Highway 14 near Midland was closed to all except local traffic on the 27th. Twenty five to 35 volunteers were filling sandbags all day on the 27th around two homes along the river. Most of the damage was associated with flooding of agricultural land and some county roads. One resident along the river said the river was the highest it has been in 32 years.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 98 (1934) Aberdeen: 28 (1907)
Kennebec: 102 (1969) Kennebec: 29 (1992)
Mobridge: 106 (1934) Mobridge: 28 (1915)
Pierre: 105 (1969) Pierre: 32 (1992)
Sisseton: 98 (1934) Sisseton: 32 (1965)
Timber Lake: 100 (1969) Timber Lake: 32 (1965)
Watertown: 93 (1900) Watertown: 28 (1928)
Wheaton: 97 (1969) Wheaton: 32 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.38" (1955)
Kennebec: 2.32" (1973)
Mobridge: 1.21" (1931)
Pierre: 1.35" (1984)
Sisseton: 5.50" (1954)
Timber Lake: 1.09" (2013)
Watertown: 1.64" (1939)
Wheaton: 1.39" (1942)


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