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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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