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 28 March 1920 → An F4 tornado roared from northeast Indiana into northwest Ohio. 13 people died and 34 were injured in the devastation near Fort Wayne. Powerful tornadoes also struck Chicago and its suburbs. Additional tornadoes, up to F4 strength, tore through Tennessee and Alabama.
 28 March 1984 → 22 tornadoes struck the Carolinas, including several F4s. There were 57 fatalities and 1248 injuries, along with $200 million in damage. Nashville, TN tied their all-time record low barometric pressure (29.02").
 28 March 1988 → Grapefruit sized hail fell on Oklahoma City. The hail, along with winds gusting to 70mph, destroyed 1,500 new cars at the General Motors plant. Total damage around the city came to about $35 million. Other severe thunderstorms produced three tornadoes and baseball sized hail over other parts of central and southern Oklahoma.
 28 March 2004 → The only known South Atlantic hurricane was recorded as Tropical Cyclone Catarina's winds hit 100mph.

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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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