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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 28, 1951:

On this day in 1951 in the early morning hours, near record or record cold covered central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. Temperatures across the area fell into the upper teens and 20s. Aberdeen recorded a record low of 18 degrees, Kennebec fell to 20 degrees, Pierre dropped to 21 degrees while Timber Lake had a record low of 23 degrees. The overnight low in Mobridge was 23 degrees, 24 degrees at Watertown, and 26 degrees at Sisseton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1905) Aberdeen: 18 (1951)
Kennebec: 99 (1905) Kennebec: 20 (1951)
Mobridge: 88 (1995) Mobridge: 22 (1945)
Pierre: 92 (2000) Pierre: 21 (1951)
Sisseton: 85 (2000) Sisseton: 23 (1942)
Timber Lake: 85 (2000) Timber Lake: 23 (1951)
Watertown: 88 (1897) Watertown: 19 (1942)
Wheaton: 93 (1952) Wheaton: 26 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.07" (1988)
Kennebec: 0.36" (1988) Kennebec: 2.0" (1985)
Mobridge: 0.43" (1971)
Pierre: 0.41" (1988)
Sisseton: 0.81" (1988)
Timber Lake: 0.73" (1971)
Watertown: 0.68" (1983)
Wheaton: 1.65" (1980)


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