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 16 April 1879 → An F3 tornado struck a turpentine plantation on the east side of Walterboro, SC. About 45,000 boxes of turpentine, as well as 20,000 trees, were destroyed.
 16 April 1990 → Along a stationary front, thunderstorms were producing large hail and damaging winds across Oklahoma. Baseball size hail fell south of Carney and winds gusted up to 92 mph at the Will Rogers Airport.
 16 April 1998 → An F3 tornado hit downtown Nashville, TN. One person was killed and 60 were injured. The storm was one of 23 tornadoes to hit Tennessee on that date, including an F5 in Lawrence County that leveled brick homes. The tornado was on the ground for over 60 miles. 3 people were killed in Wayne County, TN.
 16 April 2011 → North Carolina was struck by its worst tornado outbreak in 27 years, including an EF3 that tore directly through the state capital of Raleigh.

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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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