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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 28, 1989:

The seasonís first snowfall brought much needed moisture to the Black Hills and portions of western South Dakota as up to nearly a foot of snow fell in the higher elevations. The storms caused motorists a number of problems. A build-up of ice and slush in combination with blowing snow prompted the State Highway Patrol to close portion of Interstate-90 from Rapid City to Wall. Numerous multiple vehicle accidents were reported

October 28, 1993:

Very strong northwest winds gusting to 50 to 60 mph raked South Dakota. In Chamberlain, the high winds knocked over two concrete block was a high school under construction. A new home under construction southwest of DeSmet collapsed in the winds. Reported peak winds included 56 mph at Huron, 55 mph at Rapid City, and 52 mph at Sioux Falls


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 82 (1937) Aberdeen: -6 (1919)
Kennebec: 86 (1937) Kennebec: 2 (1919)
Mobridge: 84 (1937) Mobridge: 9 (1913)
Pierre: 87 (1937) Pierre: 15 (1952)
Sisseton: 82 (1987) Sisseton: 7 (1967)
Timber Lake: 84 (1937) Timber Lake: 10 (1952)
Watertown: 79 (1937) Watertown: 1 (1919)
Wheaton: 74 (1966) Wheaton: -3 (1919)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.02" (1991) Aberdeen: 1.9" (1970)
Kennebec: 1.20" (1991) Kennebec: 2.0" (1971)
Mobridge: 0.47" (1967) Mobridge: 2.0" (1991)
Pierre: 1.60" (1991) Pierre: 2.0" (1971)
Sisseton: 0.75" (1991) Sisseton: 2.0" (1971)
Timber Lake: 1.24" (1991) Timber Lake: 6.0" (1991)
Watertown: 2.05" (2004) Watertown: 2.2" (1971)
Wheaton: 0.52" (1940)


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