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 20 April 1920 → Tornadoes struck Mississippi and Alabama, killing 219 people. One F4 touched down in eastern Mississippi and then stayed on the ground for 130 miles, tearing through Marion, Franklin, and Colbert Counties in Alabama. Another F4 destroyed homes in the communities of Gurley and Brownsboro.
 20 April 1990 → Lightning struck a building housing a fish farm in Arkansas, killing 10,000 pounds of fish.

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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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