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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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November 29, 1985:

Two to six inches of snow spread from the west part of South Dakota on the 28th to the east part on the 29th. Some locations received more snow, with Lake Preston (Kingsbury County) reporting 16 inches. Specific storm total snowfall amounts included thirteen inches at Clear Lake; ten inches at Browns Valley; nine inches at Pierre, Waubay, Murdo, and Watertown; eight inches at Eureka, Clark, and near Summit; seven inches at Miller, Ipswich, and 23N Highmore; six inches at Kennebec, Britton, and Eagle Butte; five inches at Redfield, Aberdeen, near Faulkton, and near McIntosh; four inches at Sisseton, Gettysburg, Timber Lake, Leola, and Mobridge; and three inches at Wheaton.

November 29, 1991:

A tornado struck southeast Springfield, Missouri, causing F4 damage. Shortly after touchdown, the tornado reached F3 intensity, approximately 3 miles north of the town of Nixa. While crossing Highway 65, the tornado picked up a truck and dropped it onto a frontage road, killing one passenger and injuring ten others. The tornado intensified to F4 strength as it moved through the Woodbridge and Natural Bridge Estates subdivisions where 15 homes were destroyed. Altogether, two people were killed and 64 others were injured.

November 29, 1996:

Widespread freezing rain laid down a thick layer of ice across a large part of northeast South Dakota and west central Minnesota on the 29th and 30th, making driving on area highways and Interstate 29 treacherous. Later on the 29th, the freezing rain changed over to snow. Snowfall amounts ranged from 2 to 4 inches across the area. Numerous accidents occurred throughout the weekend with mainly minor injuries. Many cars and trucks also went into ditches. The South Dakota Highway Patrol reported in, one three hour period that along I-29, from the Clear Lake exit to the Codington County line 40 to 45 vehicles were in the ditch. Many activities and sporting events were also postponed or cancelled.

November 29, 2002:

High winds of 30 to 50 mph, gusting to near 70 mph, occurred much of the afternoon across central and north central South Dakota. A tractor-trailer, carrying a load of livestock, was overturned on Highway 12 about three miles east of Mobridge. The tractor was totaled, four cattle were killed, and the driver suffered minor injuries. High winds of 30 to 50 mph, with gusts to near 60 mph, also occurred across Roberts and Grant counties in the late afternoon hours.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 55 (1951) Aberdeen: -26 (1964)
Kennebec: 69 (1932) Kennebec: -21 (1897)
Mobridge: 60 (1939) Mobridge: -13 (1985)
Pierre: 64 (1945) Pierre: -13 (1964)
Sisseton: 58 (1932) Sisseton: -13 (1958)
Timber Lake: 59 (1973) Timber Lake: -16 (1985)
Watertown: 57 (1932) Watertown: -19 (1964)
Wheaton: 54 (1949) Wheaton: -13 (1985)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.16" (1985) Aberdeen: 2.6" (1985)
Kennebec: 0.38" (1991) Kennebec: 5.0" (1991)
Mobridge: 0.07" (2000) Mobridge: 0.9" (2001)
Pierre: 0.18" (1985) Pierre: 4.4" (1985)
Sisseton: 0.35" (1996) Sisseton: 6.1" (2005)
Timber Lake: 0.14" (1983) Timber Lake: 2.0" (1983)
Watertown: 0.18" (1985) Watertown: 6.2" (1985)
Wheaton: 1.35" (2005) Wheaton: 5.4" (2005)"


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