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 26 October 1865 → A hurricane sank the steamship USS Mobile in 1,700 feet of water off the Georgia coast. The wreck, laden with 20,000 gold coins, was found in 2003.
 26 October 1998 → Hurricane Mitch, the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since 1780, struck Central America, killing more than 11,000 people. Winds peaked at 180 mph and maintained hurricane intensity for 24 hours after making landfall. The tropical system drenched the region with over a foot of rainfall.
 26 October 2003 → A surfer was killed while he was surfing in the storm-tossed seas of the Gulf of Mexico when he was struck by lightning near Destin, FL.
 26 October 2010 → The lowest barometric pressure ever recorded in the U.S. between the Rockies and the Appalachians with a non-tropical system was set at Big Fork, MN, with a pressure of 28.21".

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May 29, 1953:

An auditorium was almost entirely unroofed, and barns, along with outbuildings were destroyed in McLaughlin. Seven businesses and two homes were also damaged. Estimate of property damage was set at $100,000. This tornado was estimated to have F2 strength.

May 29, 2004:

Hail, with the largest a quarter sizes, fell in many part of North central South Dakota. Lighting struck a house in Veblen and caused some damage. Glass from a broken window hit a man and some debris from the ceiling hit a woman. They were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Heavy rain of 3 to 6 inches fell between Westport and Columbia with cropland and many roads flooded. Also some basements were flooded. Four, weak F0 tornadoes, also were reported. The first two touched down near Bath causing no damage. The other two occurred near Ipswich, also causing no damage.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 99 (1934) Aberdeen: 23 (1947)
Kennebec: 108 (1934) Kennebec: 23 (1947)
Mobridge: 104 (1934) Mobridge: 20 (1947)
Pierre: 101 (1934) Pierre: 24 (1947)
Sisseton: 100 (1934) Sisseton: 32 (1947)
Timber Lake: 96 (1939) Timber Lake: 21 (1947)
Watertown: 97 (1934) Watertown: 31 (1930)
Wheaton: 95 (2006) Wheaton: 35 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.76" (1979)
Kennebec: 1.03" (1985)
Mobridge: 0.87" (1962)
Pierre: 2.36" (1941)
Sisseton: 1.02" (1962)
Timber Lake: 0.78" (1916)
Watertown: 2.09" (1942)
Wheaton: 1.18" (2004) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.