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Gary, SD Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Gary is about the same as South Dakota average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Gary is lower than South Dakota average and is lower than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #327

Gary, SD
South Dakota

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Gary, SD
South Dakota

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #229

Gary, SD
South Dakota

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 2,216 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gary, SD were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:38Cold:12Dense Fog:0Drought:11
Dust Storm:0Flood:95Hail:1,055Heat:1Heavy Snow:45
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:10Landslide:0Strong Wind:43
Thunderstorm Winds:737Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:35Winter Weather:69

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gary, SD.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Gary, SD.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Gary, SD.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 25 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gary, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
16.51986-07-18244°34'N / 96°42'W44°35'N / 96°29'W17.00 Miles150 Yards0025K0Deuel
19.71951-07-20244°54'N / 96°05'W1.00 Mile33 Yards040K0Codington
23.11955-08-28245°07'N / 96°35'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Grant
25.01955-07-07444°29'N / 96°12'W30.00 Miles33 Yards1132.5M0Lyon
25.51971-06-19244°34'N / 96°52'W003K0Deuel
25.61971-06-19244°27'N / 96°39'W000K0Brookings
25.61971-06-19244°38'N / 97°06'W44°22'N / 96°27'W36.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Hamlin
29.51968-06-21244°24'N / 96°28'W44°22'N / 96°08'W16.40 Miles30 Yards010K0Lincoln
31.51981-07-22244°47'N / 97°06'W00250K0Hamlin
32.21992-06-16344°47'N / 95°48'W2.50 Miles100 Yards0625.0M0Yellow Medicine
32.31979-06-19244°54'N / 97°06'W002.5M0Codington
33.51992-06-16344°47'N / 95°51'W44°47'N / 95°42'W6.00 Miles23 Yards000K0Yellow Medicine
34.21955-04-19244°17'N / 96°09'W44°25'N / 96°09'W9.20 Miles80 Yards00250K0Lincoln
35.51983-07-18344°54'N / 97°10'W0.50 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Codington
39.71979-08-03245°24'N / 96°52'W45°18'N / 96°28'W20.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Roberts
41.11962-08-06245°03'N / 97°13'W00250K0Codington
41.82000-07-25444°54'N / 95°40'W44°49'N / 95°33'W9.00 Miles167 Yards11520.0M0Yellow Medicine
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down in rural Yellow Medicine County, 8 miles west, and 3 miles north of Granite Falls. The tornado lifted before exiting Granite Falls, leaving the most concentrated damage path two miles long, and 500 feet wide, through a primarily residential area of Granite Falls. Most of the damage in Granite Falls was caused by F2 to F3 wind speeds. However, this tornado has been classified as a minimal F4 tornado, based on the twisted wreckage of an overturned railroad car near the intersection of 9th Avenue and 14th street in Granite Falls. M82PH
42.91986-07-18244°34'N / 97°27'W44°35'N / 97°06'W14.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hamlin
43.01961-06-21344°00'N / 97°05'W44°31'N / 96°43'W39.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Minnehaha
43.51951-07-08245°22'N / 96°50'W010K0Roberts
44.61992-06-16344°21'N / 97°07'W44°19'N / 97°04'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Brookings
45.01984-05-12344°50'N / 97°30'W44°48'N / 97°15'W13.00 Miles1320 Yards002.5M0Codington
45.61992-06-16344°21'N / 97°10'W44°21'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Kingsbury
46.41996-05-17345°23'N / 96°34'W45°33'N / 96°18'W17.00 Miles200 Yards001.5M0Big Stone
 Brief Description: A tornado crossing Big Stone Lake from Roberts County, South Dakota destroyed one cabin at the Meadowbrook Resort, blew the roof off another cabin, and another cabin was demolished when a big tree fell onto it. Several boats on Big Stone Lake were overturned. Approxiamately 150 buildings sustained damage or were destroyed as the tornado moved northeast across Big Stone County through the townships of Prior, Big Stone, Almond, Malta, and Moonshine. Southwest of Clinton, a pontoon boat and a camper were destroyed. East of Clinton, a farm lost all buildings with severe damage to their home. The cupboards fell off the walls and doors would not close, signifying a twisted frame. Northeast of Clinton, another farm suffered damage to all structures. Half of the roof was torn off their home. Two miles south of Johnson, a house (rambler) was completely destroyed and several barns and machine sheds were destroyed, before the tornado lifted. Many trees were uprooted in the path of the tornado across Big Stone County and much of the power was out in the County as power lines were downed.
49.61970-06-15344°09'N / 96°57'W44°10'N / 96°54'W00250K0Lake

* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.

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