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                   Weather History

October 1st

Local and Regional Events:

October 1, 1971:

A rare October tornado touched down in Sully County. This brief tornado damaged a ranch home and large barn, 6 miles WSW of Onida.

October 1, 1999:

A narrow band of heavy snow fell across portions of South Dakota. Snowfall amounts of 4 to 8" were common in the relatively narrow band, braking many records for the day. 

October 1, 2012:

A drought continued to intensify and expand across parts of central and northeast South Dakota through October, resulting in severe to exceptional drought conditions. Many locations continued the trend of recording well below normal precipitation totals for the month. Exceptional drought conditions expanded into Stanley, Jones and southern Lyman counties. Extreme drought conditions spread into southern Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Lyman, Jones, Southwest Hyde, Hamlin, Codington, Grant and Deuel counties. Severe drought conditions spread into Corson, Dewey, northwest Hyde, Hand, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Brown, eastern Clark and southern Roberts Counties.

U.S.A and Global Events for October 1st:

1890: The weather service is first identified as a civilian agency when Congress, at the request of President Benjamin Harrison, passes an act transferring the meteorological responsibilities of the Signal Service to the newly-created U.S. Weather Bureau in the Department of Agriculture.


1893: On this day, the village of Caminadaville was wiped out by a massive hurricane. Caminadaville was a vibrant fishing community in the late 19th century, located on Cheniere Caminada, adjacent to Grand Isle in coastal Jefferson Parish in Louisiana. Click HERE for more information from The Times-Picayune, Greater New Orleans.

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