This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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October 12, 1918:

Forest fires ravaged parts of Minnesota from the Duluth area northeastward, claiming the lives of 600 people. Smoke spread to Albany NY and Washington D.C. in 24 hours. Smoke was noted at Charleston SC on the 14th, and by the 15th was reported in northeastern Texas.

October 12, 1962:

A Columbus Day windstorm occurred in the Pacific Northwest. It was probably the most damaging windstorm of record west of the Cascade Mountains. Winds reached hurricane force, with gusts above 100 mph. More than 3.5 billion board feet of timber was blown down, and communications were severely disrupted due to downed power lines. The storm claimed 48 lives, and caused 210 million dollars damage.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1956) Aberdeen: 11 (1917)
Kennebec: 92 (1995) Kennebec: 7 (1917)
Mobridge: 90 (1956) Mobridge: 13 (1917)
Pierre: 93 (1956) Pierre: 21 (1946)
Sisseton: 85 (1996) Sisseton: 17 (1980)
Timber Lake: 87 (1956) Timber Lake: 18 (1946)
Watertown: 84 (1934) Watertown: 12 (1917)
Wheaton: 85 (1956) Wheaton: 16 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.20" (1898) Aberdeen: 1.0" (2009)
Kennebec: 1.19" (1997) Kennebec: 3.0" (1969)
Mobridge: 0.88" (2008) Mobridge: 0.8" (2009)
Pierre: 1.86" (1997) Pierre: 0.7" (2009)
Sisseton: 1.12" (1973)
Timber Lake: 1.50" (1997) Timber Lake: 0.8" (2009)
Watertown: 1.81" (1943) Watertown: 3.0" (1959)
Wheaton: 1.47" (1997) Wheaton: 0.6" (1932)


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