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September 2nd

Local and Regional Events:

September 2, 1962:

From 315 to 445 pm, hail fell in and around the Mobridge area. The hail ranged from 1 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter. The ground was covered up to 3 inches deep with drifts of 2-3 feet.  At this time, the storm was one of the worst in recent history for damage.


September 2, 1983:

A tornado touched down in the late afternoon 3 miles west and 1 mile south of Polo in Hand County damaging buildings, machinery, and trees. The roof of a hog house was torn off, and the north side of the building was destroyed.  A barn was pulled several inches off of its foundation, and numerous trees were destroyed.  At a nearby farm, two outbuildings were destroyed, with two cows injured along with two calves killed.


September 2, 1985:

Intense thunderstorms moved from south central South Dakota to northeast South Dakota during the evening. Winds gusted to 60 to 70 mph over the area. Southwest of Presho, three small buildings were destroyed, and barns were damaged. Power lines and other property were damaged near Vayland, Miller, Wessington, Wolsey, Kimball, White Lake, Armour, and Castlewood.  Large hail caused considerable damage to crops.


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 September 2nd:

1775: The 1775 Newfoundland hurricane, also known as the Independence Hurricane, was a storm that hit the Colony of Newfoundland. It is believed to have killed at least 4,000 people, making it one of the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes of all time. The death toll in Virginia and North Carolina was 163 lives.


1935: The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane was the strongest and most intense hurricane to make landfall in the United States and the Atlantic Basin in recorded history. A central pressure of 892 mb (26.35 inHg) suggests winds between 188.7 mph – 186.4 mph. The death toll from this hurricane is between 408 to 600 individuals.


Surface weather analysis of the 1935 Labor Day hurricane on 4 September 1936.

Rescue train swept off the tracks by the 1935 Labor Day hurricane

“The hurricane washed this eleven cars special train off the track soon after reaching the stricken area. The train was trying to rescue 683 World War I veterans in a rehabilitation camp, of which around 250 died as a result of the hurricane. The veterans, a remnant of the Bonus Army that marched on Washington, were employed for highway construction in the federal work relief project.” - State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,


2002: An F3 tornado destroyed much of the downtown area of Ladysmith, Wisconsin. Overall damage was estimated at $20 million, but there were no fatalities. Click HERE for photographs from

The tornado track above is courtesy of the Midwest Regional Climate Center’s Tornado Track Tool.


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