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 2 October 1894 → What was likely an F3 tornado ripped apart several blocks of Little Rock, AR as it tore right through downtown. The funnel passed over or very near the Weather Bureau office at 8:28pm, providing a rare look at how barometric pressure behaves in a tornado. The office's instrument shelter was blown away and windows shattered. Debris from the upper floor of a nearby building showered down on the observer's office.
 2 October 1898 → A hurricane striking the Georgia coast washed away Campbell Island. Jekyll Island had a storm surge of 19 feet. It is estimated that this storm was a category 3 or 4 hurricane with winds around 130 mph.

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May 30, 1899:

An estimated F3 tornado moved northeast from 2 miles west of Laurel, Nebraska and across the west edge of Elk Point, South Dakota. At least two homes were destroyed in Nebraska. The tornado then struck three farms in South Dakota, destroying 16 buildings on one of them. One man was injured as he knelt over his wife and child.

May 30, 1998:

An F4 tornado moved through southeast South Dakota, killing 6 people and injuring another 150. The tornado crossed into McCook County at approximately 7:38 pm, CST and moved through downtown Spencer at approximately 7:39 pm, CST. The total cost of damage was more than $18 million with an additional half million in crop damage.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 110 (1934) Aberdeen: 27 (1947)
Kennebec: 107 (1934) Kennebec: 28 (1947)
Mobridge: 105 (1934) Mobridge: 33 (2012)
Pierre: 103 (1934) Pierre: 32 (1947)
Sisseton: 113 (1934) Sisseton: 33 (1947)
Timber Lake: 98 (1939) Timber Lake: 31 (1947)
Watertown: 106 (1934) Watertown: 31 (1947)
Wheaton: 93 (2002) Wheaton: 34 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.35" (1899)
Kennebec: 2.88" (1919)
Mobridge: 3.24" (1943)
Pierre: 1.25" (1918)
Sisseton: 1.25" (1951)
Timber Lake: 1.73" (1943)
Watertown: 2.00" (1959)
Wheaton: 1.90" (1985) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.