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 22 September 1810 → Fernhill Heath, England, was struck by what was probably Europe's widest tornado, with some reports saying the twister was nearly a mile across. Modern analysis suggests it was an EF4.
 22 September 1869Cleveland Abbe began forecasting weather in Cincinnati. Professor Abbe was one of the nation's pioneer weather forecasters and observers.
 22 September 1989Hurricane Hugo made landfall in the Carolinas with winds up to 140 mph. Hugo caused $7 billion in damage in the United States and $3 billion in the Caribbean. All together, the death toll was 76.
 22 September 1998Hurricane Georges raked Hispanola after reaching category 4 status, leaving 580 dead in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, due mainly to flash flooding and subsequent mud slides in high terrain regions. Damage estimates from the storm exceeded $1 billion (US). Vivid lightning and possible blue jets, a type of rare upward lightning, were reported as the eye passed over the mountains of Hispanola.

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October 18, 1989:

Unseasonably cold air began to invade the central and eastern U.S. Light snow fell across northern Maine, and snow was also reported in the Great Lakes Region, including the Chicago area. Bismarck, North Dakota was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 9 degrees above zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high readings for the date, as temperatures warmed above 80 degrees. Miami, Florida reported a record high of 90 degrees.

October 18, 2005:

With the formation of Hurricane Wilma, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season tied the record for the most named storms for any season (21 storms in 1933), and also tied the record for the most hurricanes in a single season (12 in 1969). Wilma peaked at category-5 intensity on the 19th, with a minimum central pressure falling to 882 millibars (26.05 inches of mercury), the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma also became the most rapidly-intensifying storm on record, with a maximum-sustained surface wind speed increase of 105 mph in a 24-hour period.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (2005) Aberdeen: 12 (1930)
Kennebec: 88 (2003) Kennebec: 10 (1916)
Mobridge: 86 (1914) Mobridge: 13 (1930)
Pierre: 90 (2000) Pierre: 18 (1972)
Sisseton: 84 (1953) Sisseton: 14 (1972)
Timber Lake: 82 (1914) Timber Lake: 15 (1930)
Watertown: 80 (1953) Watertown: 13 (1972)
Wheaton: 83 (1914) Wheaton: 11 (1972)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1944) Aberdeen: 2.4" (1976)
Kennebec: 1.05" (2007) Kennebec: 2.0" (2006)
Mobridge: 1.14" (2007) Mobridge: 0.4" (1976)
Pierre: 0.80" (2007) Pierre: 2.0" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.93" (1968) Sisseton: 3.0" (1976)
Timber Lake: 1.45" (1994) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1976)
Watertown: 0.83" (1984) Watertown: 1.1" (1976)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1968) Wheaton: 0.5" (1917)


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