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 16 September 1888 → A tornado in Washington, D.C., probably an F2, traveled up Maryland Avenue before it lifted at the foot of Capitol Hill. The Smithsonian and Botanical Gardens were damaged along the two-mile-long path.
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 16 September 1928 → On this day, a hurricane made landfall in south Florida, passing over Lake Okeechobee. The official death toll was set at 1,836 people.
 16 September 1999 → A massive former Category 4, Hurricane Floyd came ashore in North Carolina. Tropical storm force winds extended nearly 600 miles out from the storm's center. 35 of the storm's 57 fatalities occurred in North Carolina. Up to 19 inches of rain soaked southeastern North Carolina just 11 days after Hurricane Dennis brought up to 15 inches of rain to the region. Flooding was rampant, with much of the worst conditions occurring during the overnight hours catching people unaware.
 16 September 2004Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Alabama as a Category 3, but had been a powerful Category 5 four days earlier over the Gulf of Mexico. It had been Category 4 or stronger for 192 consecutive hours. It was the most southerly category 3 (at 10 degrees north latitude), 4 (11 degrees N), and 5 (14 degrees N) storm ever seen in the Atlantic. After landfall the storm took a bizarre track northward into Tennessee, then east off the Maryland coast, then back ashore in southern Florida, westward into the Gulf, and then making yet another landfall in Louisiana.

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November 21, 1973:

Heavy snow of 4 to 8 inches fell in the northeast and east central counties of South Dakota on the 21st and 22nd. Some snowfall amounts included 5 inches in Highmore; 4 inches at Aberdeen and Eureka; and 3 inches in Conde and Ipswich.

November 21, 1985:

Winds gusting to over 40 mph caused blizzard conditions over the western and central parts of South Dakota on the 21st and 22nd. In addition to the existing snow cover, 1-2 inches of new snow fell and when blown by the wind, reduced visibilities to zero at times. Many roads were drifted shut by the blowing and drifting snow in the western part of the state.

November 21, 2003:

Heavy snow of 6 to 10 inches fell from the late afternoon to the late evening hours on the 21st and into the early morning hours on the 22nd. Some snowfall amounts included 4 inches in Browns Valley, 2S Ashton, and Britton; 5 inches at Timber Lake, Blunt, 6 SE McIntosh, and Pollock; 6 inches at Clark, McLaughlin, 14 NNE Isabel, 17 WSW Fort Pierre and Miller; 7 inches at Castlewood, 1 W Highmore, and 4 NW Onida; and 8 inches north of Goodwin, at Ree Heights, at Eagle Butte, and near Troy. Thirteen inches of snow fell in Watertown.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 66 (1904) Aberdeen: -18 (1964)
Kennebec: 77 (1966) Kennebec: -12 (1900)
Mobridge: 68 (1917) Mobridge: -9 (1929)
Pierre: 74 (1966) Pierre: -5 (1964)
Sisseton: 67 (2001) Sisseton: -12 (1937)
Timber Lake: 67 (1960) Timber Lake: -14 (1929)
Watertown: 63 (2001) Watertown: -11 (1929)
Wheaton: 61 (2001) Wheaton: -7 (1929)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.60" (1930 ) Aberdeen: 3.8" (1947)
Kennebec: 0.30" (1947) Kennebec: 3.0" (1947)
Mobridge: 0.13" (1947) Mobridge: 5.0" (1985)
Pierre: 0.23" (2008) Pierre: 3.0" (1947)
Sisseton: 0.72" (1953) Sisseton: 5.0" (1953)
Timber Lake: 0.11" (2003) Timber Lake: 1.5" (2003)
Watertown: 0.38" (1953) Watertown: 8.5" (2003)
Wheaton: 0.81" (1973) Wheaton: 1.0" (1997)"


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