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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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September 25, 1981:

A late September tornado touched down briefly 14 miles west of Pierre during the early evening hours with no damage occurring.

September 25, 1996:

An early fall storm over the Black Hills of northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota re-acquainted area residents with their winter driving techniques. Snow totals ranged from 4 to 8 inches. U.S. Highway 385, south of Deadwood South Dakota, was temporarily closed after a semi-truck jack-knifed on Strawberry Hill. Numerous minor accidents were reported in the Black Hills due to slick roads. Heavy wet snow closed the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road in the central/southern Black Hills until snowplows could clear the roads.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 95 (1938) Aberdeen: 19 (1926)
Kennebec: 95 (1964) Kennebec: 11 (1926)
Mobridge: 94 (1949) Mobridge: 18 (1928)
Pierre: 96 (1938) Pierre: 29 (2003)
Sisseton: 90 (1938) Sisseton: 30 (1982)
Timber Lake: 93 (1938) Timber Lake: 17 (1926)
Watertown: 87 (1938) Watertown: 21 (1926)
Wheaton: 87 (1949) Wheaton: 24 (1926)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.26" (1927)
Kennebec: 0.78" (1915) Kennebec: 4.5" (1939)
Mobridge: 0.56" (1915)
Pierre: 1.19" (1931) Pierre: 0.2" (1934)
Sisseton: 1.90" (1936)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (1929) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1942)
Watertown: 1.30" (1912) Watertown: 1.0" (1912)
Wheaton: 1.10" (1927)


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