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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 15, 1988:

A mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow fell from north central South Dakota into west central Minnesota before changing over to all snow by the afternoon of the 15th. Snow continued across Minnesota during the morning hours on the 16th, along with increasing winds. The strong winds and snow created near zero visibilities due to blowing snow in northwest and west central Minnesota. A 60 mph wind gust was recorded in Morris, MN. Snow and blowing snow blocked roads, caused power outages and closed schools. Snow in many locations accumulated over a sheet of ice that coated roads from preceding rainfall.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 72 (1953) Aberdeen: -8 (1900)
Kennebec: 78 (1953) Kennebec: -3 (1916)
Mobridge: 76 (1953) Mobridge: -5 (1955)
Pierre: 74 (1953) Pierre: -2 (1955)
Sisseton: 74 (1953) Sisseton: -3 (1932)
Timber Lake: 73 (1953) Timber Lake: -7 (1932)
Watertown: 71 (1953) Watertown: -5 (1932)
Wheaton: 71 (1953) Wheaton: -7 (1932)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.67" (1947) Aberdeen: 6.0" (1947)
Kennebec: 0.92" (1957) Kennebec: 4.0" (1956)
Mobridge: 0.40" (1958) Mobridge: 2.0" (1988)
Pierre: 0.50" (1957) Pierre: 2.8" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.80" (1947) Sisseton: 6.0" (1947)
Timber Lake: 0.48" (1958) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1911)
Watertown: 0.33" (1947) Watertown: 4.9" (1947)
Wheaton: 0.50" (1947) Wheaton: 4.5" (1926)" is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.