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 18 April 1880 → Marshfield, MO was devastated by an F4 (estimated) tornado that killed 68 people in the town in just a few minutes, with another 24 dying later of their injuries.
 18 April 1905 → Hail up to one inch in diameter, accompanied by strong winds that blew it into drifts six inches tall, struck Spanish Wells, Bahamas. Hail is exceedingly rare in the Bahamas.
 18 April 1906 → San Francisco was shaken by a severe earthquake. Unusual easterly winds helped to spread the ensuing fires, nearly destroying the city. The Weather Bureau offices at San Francisco and San Jose were demolished.
 18 April 1949 → Tornadoes are extremely rare in Nevada, however on this date a low-end F2 twister struck near Reno. It was on the ground for 12 miles and damaged ranch buildings.
 18 April 1957 → A dust devil in Massachusetts lifted a small child 3 feet into the air and rolled 2 other children on the ground. Fortunately none were hurt. The dust devil was accompanied by a loud whistling sound as it moved westward. It occurred at the beginning of an unusual early season heat wave.

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October 24, 1989:

A storm in the western U.S. produced up to three feet of snow in the mountains around Lake Tahoe, with 21 inches reported at Donner Summit. Thunderstorms in northern California produced 3.36 inches of rain at Redding to establish a 24 hour record for October, and bring their rainfall total for the month to a record 5.11 inches. Chiefly "Indian Summer" type weather prevailed across the rest of the nation. Fifteen cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 70s and 80s. Record highs included 74 degrees at International Falls, Minnesota and 86 degrees at Yankton, South Dakota. Record highs also occurred across parts of central and northeast South Dakota. The record highs were 80 degrees at Mobridge and Sisseton, 83 degrees at Aberdeen, and 84 degrees at Pierre.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 83 (1989) Aberdeen: 6 (1917)
Kennebec: 87 (1948) Kennebec: 6 (2002)
Mobridge: 80 (1989) Mobridge: 12 (1917)
Pierre: 84 (1989) Pierre: 15 (1987)
Sisseton: 80 (1989) Sisseton: 15 (1955)
Timber Lake: 81 (1978) Timber Lake: 11 (1987)
Watertown: 80 (1989) Watertown: 9 (1917)
Wheaton: 79 (1978) Wheaton: 17 (1955)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 0.47" (1975) Aberdeen: 1.9" (1975)
Kennebec: 0.40" (1975)
Mobridge: 0.33" (1953) Mobridge: 0.4" (1981)
Pierre: 0.93" (1975)
Sisseton: 0.97" (1975) Sisseton: 0.2" (2001)
Timber Lake: 0.21" (1953)
Watertown: 0.54" (1975) Watertown: 0.3" (1981)
Wheaton: 1.06" (1995) Wheaton: 5.0" (1919)

Note: All precipitation records are from 1932 to the present


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