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October 16, 1980:

A squall line packing damaging winds developed across portions of central south Dakota and raced into Minnesota on the afternoon and evening. The line of thunderstorms developed around 2 pm CDT and moved east and northeast at over 50 miles an hour. A large portion of southeast South Dakota was belted with winds of 50 to 70 miles an hour. Yankton reported winds of 60 to 70 miles an hour while Sioux Falls was hit with a 62 mile an hour gust. Considerable damage was done in southeast South Dakota to trees, farm structures, and small buildings. Damage estimates were 100 to 200 thousand dollars. By late afternoon the thunderstorms were roaring through southwest Minnesota. Numerous outbuildings and many trees were downed or damaged. In Redwood county two combines and a 24 foot travel trailer were tipped over and damaged.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1910) Aberdeen: 19 (1976)
Kennebec: 92 (1910) Kennebec: 12 (1922)
Mobridge: 89 (1991) Mobridge: 17 (2004)
Pierre: 90 (1991) Pierre: 20 (1976)
Sisseton: 84 (1961) Sisseton: 22 (1992)
Timber Lake: 88 (1945) Timber Lake: 13 (1992)
Watertown: 88 (1910) Watertown: 19 (1976)
Wheaton: 85 (1991) Wheaton: 19 (1952)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.82" (1998)
Kennebec: 2.18" (1980) Kennebec: 1.0" (1905)
Mobridge: 2.03" (1953)
Pierre: 1.64" (1980) Pierre: Trace" (1905)
Sisseton: 2.07" (1998) Sisseton: 1.0" (1992)
Timber Lake: 2.15" (1980)
Watertown: 3.72" (1971) Watertown: 3.0" (2002)
Wheaton: 1.40" (1971) Wheaton: 2.5" (1922)

Note: All precipitation records are from 1932 to the present


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