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 17 April 1922 → Seven tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile swath from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, OH, killing 16 people. There were three F2s, two F3s, and two F4s. A post card, picked up in Madison County, IN was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory, OH.
 17 April 1935 → A hailstone reportedly 8" in diameter hit near Ponca City, OK.
 17 April 1952 → Massive flooding throughout the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest reached its peak. Large portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Iowa were inundated. At Sioux City, IA the Missouri River raced by at 30 mph filled with telephone poles, trees, furniture, and other debris from upstream. In the Omaha/Council Bluffs area 30,000 people were evacuated. At St Paul, MN the Mississippi hit a record high and forced 7000 people from their homes.
 17 April 1953 → A storm containing hail, ice, snow, sleet, and rain battered Oklahoma, with 10,000 claims turned into insurance companies.
 17 April 2004 → A 182-day long streak of no measurable rain began in San Diego, CA. The streak ended on October 17.

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November 2, 1961:

A snowstorm began in western South Dakota and spread to the remainder of the state on November 2nd, ending late on the 2nd in the extreme east. Snowfall was fairly minimal, with 1 to 3 inches falling over most of the central and eastern parts of the state, but the storm was accompanied by winds of 40 to 50 mph in eastern South Dakota. In addition, temperatures fell rapidly with the passage of a cold front with 24-hour changes of 40 to over 50 degrees. Huron dropped from 73 on the 1st to 21 only 24 hours later, a 52-degree drop.

November 2, 1972:

Freezing rain caused up to 2 inches of ice to form on trees, bushes, wires, cars and buildings. Many trees and utility lines were downed. Some of the greatest damage occurred from Tulare to Redfield and Doland and from Troy to Sisseton, in Spink, Brown, Day, Grant and Roberts Counties. Also, heavy snow up to 20 inches fell in south central South Dakota. Some snowfall amounts include; 5.2 inches in Huron; 10 inches in Wessington Springs; 12 inches in Platte; 12.5 in Bonesteel and 19.5 inches in Gregory.

November 2, 1997:

A strong low pressure system over the Great Lakes produced winds of 50 to near 60 mph over much of northern and central South Dakota. Half of an unsecured double-wide trailer was overturned by the strong winds in Fort Pierre. In McLaughlin, strong winds damaged a catwalk at the McLaughlin livestock auction. Half of the 400-foot walkway was tipped over by the winds. The high winds, along with six-foot waves, destroyed an 85-year old 40 x 75 foot dance hall located by Medicine Lake, 15 miles northwest of Watertown. In Aberdeen, brick from a top portion of an abandoned building collapsed. There were also widespread reports of tree limbs blown down.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 77 (1931) Aberdeen: 0 (1911)
Kennebec: 79 (1964) Kennebec: 1 (1991)
Mobridge: 78 (1917) Mobridge: -1 (1951)
Pierre: 77 (1965) Pierre: 4 (1991)
Sisseton: 79 (1965) Sisseton: -1 (1951)
Timber Lake: 77 (1978) Timber Lake: -6 (1935)
Watertown: 74 (1965) Watertown: 2 (1951)
Wheaton: 75 (1965) Wheaton: 1 (1951)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.30" (1896) Aberdeen: 7.0" (1896)
Kennebec: 1.80" (1956) Kennebec: 2.5" (1936)
Mobridge: 1.46" (1956) Mobridge: 0.8" (1956)
Pierre: 1.77" (1956) Pierre: 2.5" (1936)
Sisseton: 0.56" (1957) Sisseton: 5.0" (1992)
Timber Lake: 1.14" (1956) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1956)
Watertown: 0.84" (1972) Watertown: 4.0" (1961)
Wheaton: 0.97" (1972) Wheaton: 3.0" (1992)


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