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 17 September 1932 → A tropical storm struck the Annapolis Valley in the Canadian Maritimes, destroying 300,000 barrels of apples in Nova Scotia. A second tropical storm would strike Nova Scotia just seven days later.
 17 September 1936 → Tropical storm remnants brought up to 30 inches of rain to central Texas, resulting in massive flooding. In San Angelo the Concho River reached one of its highest stages on record and inundated the city. One thousand homes were damaged or destroyed, two bridges were swept away, and there were 100 rescues performed. Water was six feet deep in the lobby of the Naylor Hotel.
 17 September 1947 → The Fort Lauderdale Hurricane struck the east coast of Florida as a high-end Category 4, resulting in 51 fatalities. Hurricane force winds extended 120 miles out from the center, and produced the highest measured ground wind speeds in a Florida hurricane until Hurricane Andrew. The storm then crossed the Gulf of Mexico and produced 110 mph winds at New Orleans.
 17 September 2004 → Flooding and mudslides killed more than 3,000 people in Haiti in Hurricane Jeanne.

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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 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.