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October 20th

Local and Regional Events:

October 20, 1936:

Heavy snow across the region brought snowfall totals upwards of 5 inches in Newcastle and Sundance with 5.5 inches reported in Dupree and 10 inches in Faith. Aberdeen saw 2 inches, while Mobridge had three inches from this event.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for October 20th:

1770: An exceedingly great storm struck eastern New England causing extensive coastal damage from Massachusetts to Maine, and the highest tide in 47 years.

The article above is from a book called “Historic Storms of New England” by Sidney Perley.


1956: While not a record, Esperanza Base in Antarctic warmed to 57.2 degrees on this date. The all-time warmest day at this base occurred on March 24, 2015, when the temperature reached 63.5 degrees. As of now, the 63.5 degrees has not been verified to be the warmest temperature recorded on the continent of Antarctica. Click HERE for more information from Weather Underground.


1983: Remnants of Pacific Hurricane Tico caused extensive flooding in central and south central Oklahoma. Oklahoma City set daily rainfall records with 1.45 inch on the 19th, and 6.28 inches on the 20th. Click HERE for more information from the Weather Prediction Center.



2004: Typhoon Tokage blasting across Japan triggers flash floods that wash away entire hillsides, killing 55 people and leaving at least 24 people missing.

Typhoon Tokage 19 oct 2004 0215Z.jpg

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying aboard the Terra satellite captured this true-color image of Typhoon Tokage on October 19, 2004, at 2:15 UTC. At the time this image was taken Tokage was located approximately 23 miles south-southeast of Okinawa, Japan.

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