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Weather History - October 1st

Local and Regional Events:

October 1, 1971:

A rare October tornado developed in Sully County during the evening hours. The brief tornado damaged a ranch home and large barn, 6 miles west-northwest of Onida.

South Dakota Weather History - October 1


October 1, 1999:

A narrow band of heavy snow fell across portions of South Dakota. Snowfall amounts of 4 to 8" were typical in the relatively narrow band, breaking many daily records.

Oct 1, 1999 Snowfall in SD


October 1, 2012:

Drought continued to intensify and expand across central and northeast South Dakota through October, resulting in severe to exceptional drought conditions. Many locations continued the trend of recording well below-average precipitation totals for the month. The 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.

Oct 1, 2012 SD Drought

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 Signal Service’s meteorological responsibilities to the newly-created U.S. Weather Bureau in the Department of Agriculture. Click HERE for more information from

Oct 1, 1890 Birth of the US Weather Bureau


1893: On this day, the village of Caminadaville, Louisiana, was destroyed 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. It took five days for the news of this devastating hurricane to reach New Orleans. Click HERE for more information from The Times-Picayune, Greater New Orleans. Click HERE for additional information from the NWS Office in New Orleans, Lousiana.




1938: Grannis and Okay, Arkansas set an all-time high-temperature record for October for Arkansas with 105 degrees. Click HERE for a tweet from the NWS Office in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Oct 1, 1938 Arkansas Heat

1945: While investigating a Category 1 typhoon over the South China Sea, the typhoon hunter plane was lost. This marks the first of only a few instances of the Hurricane/Typhoon plane was lost during their flight into the storm. Click HERE for more information from Weather Underground.


1958: NASA officially begins operations on October 1st, 1958. Click HERE for more information from the Air and Space Museum.


1977: While an F3 tornado traveled less than one-mile through Montfort Heights or the greater Cincinnati area, it destroyed 12 homes and damaged 15 others. There were 17 injuries. Click HERE for more information from the website, Tornado Talk.


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