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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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November 12, 1993:

A winter storm moved through the area on November 12th and 13th. A wintry mixture of precipitation in the form of freezing rain, sleet, and snow began during the afternoon on the 12th in western portions of Minnesota, while heavy snow fell in a swath from southwest South Dakota through central and northeast parts of the state, with generally four to eight inches reported. The snow was also preceded by freezing rain in south central South Dakota. Significant accumulation of ice occurred within about a 70-mile wide area from west central Minnesota into the Arrowhead region. Up to five inches of snow fell on top of the ice, making travel extremely hazardous. In South Dakota, locally heavier snowfall amounts included 12 inches at Midland and 10 inches central Hughes County. Several schools and other community events were closed due to the ice and snow. In south central South Dakota, trees were damaged by heavy ice, some of which fell on power lines, causing outage. Other snowfall amounts include; 8.0 inches in Blunt; 7.0 inches in Murdo and near Victor; and 6.0 inches near Onida, Faulkton, Highmore, and Leola.

November 12, 2003:

High winds brought down a 70-foot gas station sign in Kennebec. The sign fell onto a shed, causing considerable damage to the shed. A 25-foot radio tower on the Kennebec courthouse was also knocked down by the winds.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 67 (1905) Aberdeen: -14 (1896)
Kennebec: 77 (1999) Kennebec: -9 (1896)
Mobridge: 67 (1999) Mobridge: -10 (1940)
Pierre: 75 (1954) Pierre: -4 (1940)
Sisseton: 73 (1936) Sisseton: -5 (1940)
Timber Lake: 72 (1971) Timber Lake: -10 (1940)
Watertown: 67 (1999) Watertown: -9 (1911)
Wheaton: 67 (1952) Wheaton: -7 (1966)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.75" (1922) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1922)
Kennebec: 1.00" (1993) Kennebec: 6.0" (1959)
Mobridge: 0.35" (1938) Mobridge: 2.1" (1955)
Pierre: 0.59" (1993) Pierre: 4.0" (1993)
Sisseton: 0.62" (2000) Sisseton: 6.0" (2000)
Timber Lake: 0.41" (1938) Timber Lake: 2.9" (1938)
Watertown: 0.45" (1993) Watertown: 1.7" (1983)
Wheaton: 0.65" (1949) Wheaton: 6.0 (2000)"


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