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September 18th

Local and Regional Events:

September 18, 2000:

Mid-September record to near record heat occurred across central and northeast South Dakota as well as west central Minnesota. Aberdeen, Kennebec, Pierre, and Wheaton all set record highs for the day.  Aberdeen and Wheaton set record highs of 95 degrees. Kennebec rose to a record high of 99 degrees while Pierre rose to 104 degrees on this day in 2000.  Some of the near record highs occurred at Timber Lake and Mobridge with 92 degrees and 97 degrees, respectively.


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 18th:

1926: The great "Miami Hurricane" produced winds of 138 mph that drove ocean waters into the Biscayne Bay drowning 135 persons. The eye of the hurricane passed over Miami, at which time the barometric pressure reached 27.61 inches. Tides up to twelve feet high accompanied the storm, which claimed a total of 372 lives. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Miami, Florida.



Above is the surface analysis of the 1926 Miami hurricane impacting southern Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. This hurricane would be the costliest Atlantic storm since 1900 if adjusted using 2010 inflation, population, and wealth normalization. Estimated cost in U.S. dollars (2010) was 164.8 billion dollars.

The image above is from the National Hurricane Center.


Above is a panoramic view of Miami after the hurricane, wryly titled "Miami's New Drydock"; September 18, 1926. The image is courtesy of the Library of Congress.


1941: One of the greatest aurora borealis or northern lights ever observed in the central Atlantic and mid-central portions of the U.S. occurred on the night of September 18-19th. The displays continued from twilight until just before dawn and were observed as far south as Florida and southern California.

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