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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 31, 1960:

A late evening thunderstorm cut a path of destruction, principally from high winds from Beadle County, northeast to Roberts and Grant Counties. Twelve head of cattle electrocuted for a downed high tensions wire occurred at Wolsey. Winds with gusts of 65 to 75 mph were observed at Huron and Watertown. A grain elevator tipped over and a windmill was destroyed near Willow Lake. A Steel corn crib was blown over at Hayti and damaged occurred to other farm buildings and implements.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 100 (1934) Aberdeen: 23 (1897)
Kennebec: 100 (1934) Kennebec: 33 (1903)
Mobridge: 97 (1934) Mobridge: 32 (2012)
Pierre: 95 (1940) Pierre: 33 (2012)
Sisseton: 110 (1934) Sisseton: 35 (1964)
Timber Lake: 96 (1914) Timber Lake: 34 (1964)
Watertown: 101 (1934) Watertown: 24 (1897)
Wheaton: 91 (2002) Wheaton: 35 (1964)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.10" (1919)
Kennebec: 0.84" (1970)
Mobridge: 1.70" (1981)
Pierre: 2.46" (1949)
Sisseton: 2.33" (1954)
Timber Lake: 0.99" (1980)
Watertown: 3.26" (1945)
Wheaton: 2.44" (1938) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.