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Potential Winter Storm System

Moderate to heavy snow may develop across portions of northeastern South Dakota and western Minnesota on Friday. However, uncertainty exists at this time as to where the rain/snow line will set up. Snowfall totals will be very dependent on this, particularly from Eureka to Aberdeen to Watertown. Read More >

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                   Weather History

November 15th

Local and Regional Events:

November 15, 1988:

A mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow fell from north central South Dakota into west central Minnesota before changing over to all snow by the afternoon of the 15th. Snow continued across Minnesota during the morning hours on the 16th, along with increasing winds. The winds and falling snow created near zero visibility due to blowing snow in the northwest and west central Minnesota. A 60 mph wind gust was recorded in Morris, MN. Snow and blowing snow blocked roads, caused power outages and closed schools. Snow in many locations accumulated over a sheet of ice that coated roads from preceding rainfall.


Local Climate Information:

Click HERE for daily climate information for Aberdeen, Mobridge, Pierre, Sisseton, and Watertown.

Click HERE for daily climate information for Sioux Falls, Huron, Mitchell, and Sioux City.

U.S.A and Global Events for November 15th:

1987: On November 15 and 16, intense thunderstorms rumbled through the South-Central US producing 49 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi during a 34 hour period. Of the 49 tornadoes, four were F3, 12 were F2, 27 were F1, and 6 were F0. These severe storms caused 11 deaths and 303 injuries. This storm system also brought heavy rain to central Louisiana where five stations recorded over 10 inches in 24 hours. The highest amount was 14.22 inches at Olla on the 16.

The tornado track image above is courtesy of Storm Data.

The tornado track map above contains all F2 and F3 that occurred on November 15. The map is courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center.

The tornado track map above contains all F2 and F3 that occurred on November 16. The map is courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center.

The information above is courtesy of Storm Data.

Above is the Cooperative Observer’s form for Olla, LA, in 1987.

1996: An intense, lake effect snow event came to an end over western New York, northeastern Ohio, and northwest Pennsylvania. Chardon, Ohio was buried under 68.9 of snow over a six-day period. Edinboro, Pennsylvania checked in with 54.8 inches. 18.5 inches blanketed Cleveland, Ohio and 42 inches fell at Sherman, New York.


The image above is courtesy of The City University of New York.


2007: Tropical Cyclone Sidr, a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale, brings torrential rain 150-mph winds and a four ft storm surge to the Bangladesh coast. At least 3200 people die, and millions are left homeless. Since records began in 1877, Sidr obtained the title of the second-strongest cyclone to make landfall in Bangladesh.

Above is a Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this photo-like image at 1:25 p.m. local time (6:55 UTC) on November 15, 2007. Click HERE for more information from NASA.

Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.