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September 21st

Local and Regional Events:

September 21, 1960:

In the morning hours of September 21st, lightning struck and caused structural damage to a home in Clear Lake, Deuel County. Lightning also hit a home in Clark in Clark County, and two telephone poles near Milbank in Grant County. Power was also interrupted for a short time by lightning near Britton.


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 21st:

1894: A late season severe weather outbreak occurred across northwest Iowa, south central Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin during the late evening hours. Several communities were impacted by this outbreak with an estimated 55 to 65 deaths, and in additional 300 injuries. The strongest tornado was an estimated F5, which tore through the counties of Kossuth, Hancock, Winnebago in Iowa, and Faribault in Minnesota.


1924: A couple of tornadoes, one rated F4 and the other F5, tore paths of devastation through Eau Claire, Clark, and Taylor Counties in Wisconsin. The death toll was 18 and 50 people were injured. Click HERE for more information from the Monthly Weather Review.


The image above is from the Oberley farm in Clark County, Wisconsin. Click HERE for more information the Clark County, Wisconsin Internet Library.


1938: On this day, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck Long Island and Southern New England. This Category 3 Hurricane was traveling at 47 mph when it made landfall near Bellport, New York. This storm caused at least 600 deaths and left approximately 63,000 homeless. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in New York City, NY.

Above is the surface map on September 21, 1938, at 7:30 AM, EST.

Above is the surface map on September 22, 1938, at 7:30 AM, EST.


1989: Hurricane Hugo made landfall on Isle of Palms, South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane. This storm brought strong winds to many areas of South Carolina. In Downtown Charleston, sustained winds of 87 mph were reported; along with gusts of 108 mph. Total damage from this hurricane is estimated at $10 billion, including $5.2 billion in the United States. The National Weather Service office in Charleston, SC has a page dedicated to Hurricane Hugo. Click HERE for more information.



The image above is courtesy of the National Hurricane Center. Click HERE for more images.

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