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 24 April 1880 → An F5 (estimated) tornado struck Christian County, IL, causing farms to vanish. Between 6 and 11 people were killed, with some bodies carried for half a mile.
 24 April 1908 → Tornadoes in the Southeast claimed the lives of 310 people. An F4 tornado at Amite, LA may have been two miles wide and killed 29 people in town. That tornado was part of a tornado family that was on the ground for 155 miles and took 143 lives. At Purvis, MS 55 people were killed and 143 of the town's 150 buildings were destroyed.
 24 April 1980 → Three of eight helicopters were damaged in a sandstorm during a failed attempt to rescue 52 American hostages held in Iran. The hostages were later released on January 20, 1981.
 24 April 2010 → An EF4 tornado stayed on the ground for an amazing 149 miles from northeast Louisiana through north central Mississippi, devastating Yazoo City, MS and killing ten people. The tornado was up to 1.75 miles wide.

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September 23, 1984:

Snow fell from the early morning to the late evening hours across northwest South Dakota bringing more than a foot of snow to some locations. Camp Crook in Harding County reported 14 inches. Amounts between six and twelve inches were common across Harding and Perkins Counties as well as parts of Meade and Butte Counties. Roads in these areas were slushy with icy bridges. The snow covered much of the western third of South Dakota with depths generally an inch or less.

September 23, 2004:

Northeast of Browns Valley during the late afternoon, a tornado touched down and traveled through a cornfield and a farmstead before dissipating. The tornado damaged several sheds and a travel trailer along with toppling a large grain bin. The storm traveled northwest across Lake Traverse and into South Dakota where another tornado touched down south and southwest of Rosholt in Roberts County in the late afternoon. This tornado was stronger and destroyed a house, a mobile home, and a travel trailer. Another house and travel trailer were damaged and a shed was also ripped apart. The tornado also killed three cattle.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1935) Aberdeen: 26 (1983)
Kennebec: 103 (1935) Kennebec: 28 (1989)
Mobridge: 97 (1958) Mobridge: 25 (1942)
Pierre: 97 (2007) Pierre: 29 (1942)
Sisseton: 92 (2007) Sisseton: 30 (1989)
Timber Lake: 97 (1958) Timber Lake: 19 (1926)
Watertown: 95 (1935) Watertown: 23 (1983)
Wheaton: 90 (1958) Wheaton: 27 (1989)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.55" (1977) Aberdeen: 0.1" (1965)
Kennebec: 1.00" (2004)
Mobridge: 1.43" (1941)
Pierre: 1.48" (1977)
Sisseton: 1.05" (2004)
Timber Lake: 1.22" (1977)
Watertown: 2.40" (1977)
Wheaton: 0.85" (2010)


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