This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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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)


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