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 18 December 1944 → The ships of the US Navy Task Force 38, seven fleet and six light carriers, eight battleships, 15 cruisers, and about 50 destroyers were operating about 300 miles east of Luzon in the Philippine Sea. A small but violent typhoon overtook the task force with relatively little warning. Many of the ships were caught near the center of the storm and buffeted by extreme seas and hurricane force winds. Three destroyers capsized and went down with practically all hands, while a cruiser, five aircraft carriers, and three destroyers suffered serious damage. Approximately 790 men were lost or killed. Fires occurred in three carriers when planes broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various ships were lost or damaged beyond economical repair by fires, impact damage, or by being swept overboard.
 18 December 1957 → An unusually late tornado outbreak for the time of year for so far north struck Missouri and Illinois. 18 tornadoes were rated F2 or greater. An F4 ripped through Jackson, Williamson, and Franklin counties in Illinois. Murphysboro was hard hit with 10 people killed. Sunfield, IL vanished completely as an F5 tornado swept it clean.

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October 22, 1992:

Record heat occurred on this date in late October in 1992. Temperatures rose into the upper 70s to the mid 80s across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. The record highs were 79 degrees at Mobridge and Timber Lake, 80 degrees at Sisseton, 82 degrees at Aberdeen, 83 degrees at Wheaton, and 85 degrees at Pierre. Although not a record high, Kennebec rose to 87 degrees on this date in 1992.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 82 (1992) Aberdeen: 8 (1895)
Kennebec: 88 (1915) Kennebec: 12 (1937)
Mobridge: 79 (1992) Mobridge: 16 (1937)
Pierre: 85 (1992) Pierre: 18 (1981)
Sisseton: 80 (1992) Sisseton: 13 (1936)
Timber Lake: 79 (1992) Timber Lake: 5 (1936)
Watertown: 77 (1989) Watertown: 13 (1936)
Wheaton: 83 (1992) Wheaton: 16 (1976)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.70" (1918) Aberdeen: 3.1" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.78" (1957) Kennebec: 6.0" (2002)
Mobridge: 0.85" (1985) Mobridge: 1.7" (2002)
Pierre: 0.49" (1957) Pierre: 3.5" (2002)
Sisseton: 0.54" (2008) Sisseton: 1.0" (2002)
Timber Lake: 1.00" (1914) Timber Lake: 4.0" (2002)
Watertown: 1.15" (2004) Watertown: 3.0" (2002)
Wheaton: 0.97" (2004) Wheaton: 1.5" (1951)


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