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 2 October 1894 → What was likely an F3 tornado ripped apart several blocks of Little Rock, AR as it tore right through downtown. The funnel passed over or very near the Weather Bureau office at 8:28pm, providing a rare look at how barometric pressure behaves in a tornado. The office's instrument shelter was blown away and windows shattered. Debris from the upper floor of a nearby building showered down on the observer's office.
 2 October 1898 → A hurricane striking the Georgia coast washed away Campbell Island. Jekyll Island had a storm surge of 19 feet. It is estimated that this storm was a category 3 or 4 hurricane with winds around 130 mph.

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October 5, 1982:

Strong thunderstorms developed across central South Dakota and raced into portions of southwest Minnesota. The storms were prolific lightning producers in South Dakota setting several structures on fire. An electrical substation was damaged near Salem, an elementary school was set ablaze in Aberdeen, and several homes in Sioux Falls were struck as well. One home in Sioux Falls had a hole knocked in a wall by a lightning strike. Numerous fires were also started in southern Minnesota by the same line of storms. Strong thunderstorm winds leveled several buildings, damaged a house, and moved a hog shed off its foundation on three separate farms near Worthington. The winds also turned over railroad cars near Pipestone. Worthington narrowly escaped damage as a small tornado touched down two miles southwest of town and moved southeast. Fortunately, the tornado's damage was confined to trees and crops.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 96 (1963) Aberdeen: 19 (1935)
Kennebec: 99 (1963) Kennebec: 21 (1952)
Mobridge: 94 (1947) Mobridge: 20 (1952)
Pierre: 94 (1947) Pierre: 24 (1952)
Sisseton: 94 (1970) Sisseton: 15 (1935)
Timber Lake: 90 (1949) Timber Lake: 20 (1952)
Watertown: 90 (1963) Watertown: 18 (1935)
Wheaton: 96 (1963) Wheaton: 25 (1988)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 3.10" (1913)
Kennebec: 1.70" (2009)
Mobridge: 2.44" (1972)
Pierre: 1.52" (1995)
Sisseton: 2.54" (1946)
Timber Lake: 2.17" (1972)
Watertown: 1.13" (1946)
Wheaton: 2.90" (1946)


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