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 25 December 1974Tropical Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Australia. Winds gusted up to 135 mph, even though it was the smallest hurricane-strength tropical cyclone on record with a diameter of only 60 miles, and gale force winds only extending 30 miles out from the center. At least 65 lives were claimed.
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 25 December 2011 → Tennis ball sized hail, flash flooding, and two tornadoes struck west of Melbourne, Australia. Also, the South Pole experienced its warmest temperature on record: 10 degrees.

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October 13, 1966:

Late season thunderstorms brought hail and strong winds to southeast South Dakota causing extensive damage to some soybean fields. The greatest damage was in the Garretson area. The strong winds also damaged many utility lines along with a number of farm structures damaged. Lightning struck a church at Lake Andes and it was destroyed by fire. The storms occurred from late on the 13th to the morning of the 14th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1958) Aberdeen: 10 (1909)
Kennebec: 91 (1968) Kennebec: 11 (1909)
Mobridge: 89 (1958) Mobridge: 20 (1937)
Pierre: 90 (1962) Pierre: 18 (1979)
Sisseton: 88 (1934) Sisseton: 18 (1937)
Timber Lake: 85 (1958) Timber Lake: 19 (1979)
Watertown: 85 (1958) Watertown: 13 (1907)
Wheaton: 84 (1995) Wheaton: 9 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.77" (1984) Aberdeen: 0.2" (1997)
Kennebec: 0.72" (2008) Kennebec: 0.5" (1969)
Mobridge: 0.20" (1940)
Pierre: 0.60" (1954)
Sisseton: 1.55" (1943) Sisseton: 1.3" (1902)
Timber Lake: 0.30" (1956) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1997)
Watertown: 0.64" (1981)
Wheaton: 1.82" (1943) Wheaton: 1.0" (2009)


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