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 30 August 1776 → General George Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island, NY after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening. The move saved the Continental Army to fight another day.
 30 August 2003 → Four children and their mother were killed when their minivan was washed from the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia after torrential rains flooded the highway.

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October 20, 1987:

Cold arctic air invaded the Upper Midwest, and squalls in the Lake Superior snowbelt produced heavy snow in eastern Ashland County and northern Iron County of Wisconsin. Totals ranged up to 18 inches at Mellen. In the western U.S., the record high of 69 degrees at Seattle WA was their twenty-fifth of the year, their highest number of record highs for any given year. Bakersfield CA reported a record 146 days in a row with daily highs 80 degrees or above.

October 20, 1989:

Forty-nine cities reported record low temperatures for the date as readings dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the south central and southeastern U.S. Lows of 32 degrees at Lake Charles, Louisiana and 42 degrees at Lakeland, Florida were records for October, and Little Rock, Arkansas reported their earliest freeze of record. Snow blanketed the higher elevations of Georgia and the Carolinas. Melbourne, Florida dipped to 47 degrees shortly before midnight to surpass the record low established that morning. Showers and thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of the northeastern U.S. Autumn leaves on the ground clogged drains and ditches causing flooding. Up to 4.10 inches of rain soaked southern Vermont in three days. Flood waters washed 600 feet of railroad track, resulting in a train derailment.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1947) Aberdeen: 12 (1930)
Kennebec: 94 (1947) Kennebec: 6 (1905)
Mobridge: 87 (1914) Mobridge: 14 (1916)
Pierre: 92 (1947) Pierre: 19 (2011)
Sisseton: 84 (1953) Sisseton: 14 (1952)
Timber Lake: 86 (1947) Timber Lake: 12 (1930)
Watertown: 84 (1947) Watertown: 13 (1916)
Wheaton: 84 (1978) Wheaton: 17 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.50" (1908) Aberdeen: 3.0" (1898)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1906) Kennebec: 2.0" (1936)
Mobridge: 0.94" (1963) Mobridge: 3.0" (1936)
Pierre: 2.20" (1906) Pierre: 0.6" (1898)
Sisseton: 0.79" (1963)
Timber Lake: 0.73" (1963) Timber Lake: 6.0" (1951)
Watertown: 2.50" (1906) Watertown: 1.0" (1916)
Wheaton: 1.23" (1934) Wheaton: 0.5" (1917)


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