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 17 April 1922 → Seven tornadoes caused death and destruction along parts of a 210 mile swath from north of Ogden, IL to Allen County, OH, killing 16 people. There were three F2s, two F3s, and two F4s. A post card, picked up in Madison County, IN was found 124 miles away near Mount Cory, OH.
 17 April 1935 → A hailstone reportedly 8" in diameter hit near Ponca City, OK.
 17 April 1952 → Massive flooding throughout the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest reached its peak. Large portions of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Iowa were inundated. At Sioux City, IA the Missouri River raced by at 30 mph filled with telephone poles, trees, furniture, and other debris from upstream. In the Omaha/Council Bluffs area 30,000 people were evacuated. At St Paul, MN the Mississippi hit a record high and forced 7000 people from their homes.
 17 April 1953 → A storm containing hail, ice, snow, sleet, and rain battered Oklahoma, with 10,000 claims turned into insurance companies.
 17 April 2004 → A 182-day long streak of no measurable rain began in San Diego, CA. The streak ended on October 17.

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October 23, 1995:

A major fall storm hit Central and Northeast South Dakota and dropped from four inches to one foot of wet snow. The heavy wet snow combined with strong winds gusting up to 50 mph snapped several thousand power poles and downed hundreds of miles of line in the counties of Buffalo, Hand, Spink, Roberts and Grant. In Day and Lyman Counties, a few poles were downed with some short lived power outages. Marshall County had no reports of damage or power outages. Several thousand people were left without power for several hours up to several days. Power was not restored to some people until the fourth of November. Portions of Interstate 90 and Interstate 29 were closed from the evening of the 23rd until the morning of the 24th leaving hundreds of motorists stranded. There were also numerous school delays and closings. Many trees and some crops were also damaged as a result of the weight of the snow and high winds. Some snowfall amounts included, 4 inches near Reliance, at Doland, and near Victor, 5 inches southeast of Stephan and at Sisseton, 6 inches south of Ree Heights and at Eden, eight inches at Waubay and Grenville, 9 inches at Clear Lake, 10 inches at Watertown, and 12 inches at Summit and Milbank. This was the third damaging storm to the rural electric cooperatives this year and has been called the worst natural disaster in the history of the rural electrics. Total damage estimate for the state rural electrics was $9.5 million.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 80 (1963) Aberdeen: 5 (1895)
Kennebec: 85 (1963) Kennebec: 2 (1917)
Mobridge: 78 (1927) Mobridge: 8 (1917)
Pierre: 85 (1973) Pierre: 15 (1981)
Sisseton: 82 (1963) Sisseton: 10 (1936)
Timber Lake: 78 (1963) Timber Lake: 10 (1981)
Watertown: 79 (1927) Watertown: 6 (1917)
Wheaton: 81 (1963) Wheaton: 10 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.87" (1947) Aberdeen: 0.5" (1995)
Kennebec: 0.70" (1995) Kennebec: 7.0" (1995)
Mobridge: 0.49" (1943) Mobridge: 0.1" (1980)
Pierre: 0.66" (1975) Pierre: 1.5" (1995)
Sisseton: 1.10" (1995) Sisseton: 4.0" (1995)
Timber Lake: 0.73" (2004)
Watertown: 1.06" (1995) Watertown: 10.4" (1995)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1957)


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