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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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October 9, 1964:

Record cold occurred on this day in 1964 across parts of central and northeast South Dakota with temperatures falling into the mid teens to around 20 degrees at many locations. Sisseton had a record low of 20 degrees, Watertown had a record low of 16 degrees, with Kennebec recording the lowest temperature of 13 degrees on this day in 1964. Although not a record low, Aberdeen fell to 14 degrees.

October 9, 1980:

On this day in 1980, very warm air streamed across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota with highs mostly in the 80s. Record highs were established at Watertown with 86 degrees, and at both Wheaton and Sisseton with 87 degrees. One of the warmest temperatures across the area was 89 degrees at Kennebec.

Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 86 (1910) Aberdeen: 14 (1964)
Kennebec: 93 (1928) Kennebec: 13 (1964)
Mobridge: 87 (2003) Mobridge: 21 (1956)
Pierre: 89 (2003) Pierre: 22 (1993)
Sisseton: 87 (1980) Sisseton: 20 (1964)
Timber Lake: 86 (1955) Timber Lake: 16 (1993)
Watertown: 86 (1980) Watertown: 16 (1964)
Wheaton: 87 (1980) Wheaton: 15 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.59" (2001) Aberdeen: 0.2" (2009)
Kennebec: 2.00" (1982)
Mobridge: 2.01" (1982) Mobridge: Trace (1932)
Pierre: 2.26" (1982)
Sisseton: 1.73" (1982)
Timber Lake: 2.10" (1982)
Watertown: 1.51" (1982) Watertown: 1.0" (1970)
Wheaton: 1.04" (1947) is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.