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Howard, SD Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #244

Howard, SD
0.02
South Dakota
0.05
U.S.
1.81

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

Howard, SD
0.0000
South Dakota
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

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, #61

Howard, SD
205.18
South Dakota
114.73
U.S.
136.45

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 2,864 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Howard, SD were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:26Cold:6Dense Fog:1Drought:6
Dust Storm:0Flood:182Hail:1,446Heat:1Heavy Snow:33
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:5Landslide:0Strong Wind:27
Thunderstorm Winds:996Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:1Winter Storm:17Winter Weather:43
Other:74 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Howard, SD.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Howard, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
40.01982-07-113.6544.01-96.72

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 71 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Howard, SD.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.51984-06-07244°01'N / 97°32'W0.10 Mile60 Yards00250K0Miner
3.11965-05-08243°57'N / 97°30'W43°59'N / 97°34'W3.30 Miles243 Yards0025K0Miner
5.62007-05-05244°04'N / 97°36'W44°04'N / 97°37'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0020K0KMiner
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged outbuildings and destroyed a hunting lodge. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
8.61992-06-16344°05'N / 97°32'W44°11'N / 97°26'W3.00 Miles73 Yards002.5M0Miner
9.71962-05-15244°00'N / 97°42'W44°04'N / 97°44'W4.10 Miles33 Yards020K0Miner
12.41962-05-16244°10'N / 97°39'W000K0Miner
12.41973-07-01243°50'N / 97°33'W0.50 Mile67 Yards0125K0Mccook
13.81954-05-27243°47'N / 97°33'W43°51'N / 97°23'W9.00 Miles90 Yards0025K0Mccook
15.51992-06-16243°59'N / 97°50'W0.50 Mile50 Yards0125K0Miner
15.72007-05-05243°45'N / 97°38'W43°51'N / 97°39'W7.00 Miles400 Yards0010K0KHanson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to trees and a junk yard after crossing over from McCook County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
16.81965-05-24244°00'N / 97°10'W44°07'N / 97°13'W7.90 Miles33 Yards000K0Lake
17.01965-05-24244°00'N / 97°11'W000K0Lake
19.12007-05-05243°43'N / 97°36'W43°46'N / 97°37'W4.00 Miles400 Yards0050K0KMccook
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado damaged a house on the west side of Spencer and caused tree damage before crossing into western Hanson County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening of May 5th produced large hail, damaging winds, several tornadoes, and flash flooding in southeast South Dakota. Significant damage was reported from several locations.
19.42000-07-11243°58'N / 97°10'W43°57'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0050K0Lake
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed storage sheds, lighting, fencing, and caused other damage at Lake County Speedway. The tornado also damaged crops over a small area.
19.81998-05-30343°45'N / 97°41'W43°43'N / 97°33'W7.00 Miles700 Yards001.0M100KHanson
 Brief Description: A large and strengthening tornado destroyed buildings and other property on five farms and also destroyed trees and power lines before crossing the eastern edge of Hanson County.
19.81998-05-30443°45'N / 97°37'W43°42'N / 97°26'W7.00 Miles1600 Yards615017.0M400KMccook
 Brief Description: The tornado from Hanson County destroyed most of Spencer as it strengthened and continued to grow. Most homes, other buildings, and other structures in Spencer were completely levelled. Debris and belongings were scattered over a large area, and one receipt blown from Spencer was found just west of Chandler, MN about 80 miles east of Spencer. The tornado killed 6 and injured 150 in Spencer. The tornado continued southeast from Spencer, widened, then weakened, and dissipated 4 miles southwest of Salem with another tornado then forming from the same storm. The tornado caused additional damage to trees, power lines, crops, and buildings on farms after moving southeast of Spencer. F70PH, F77PH, F93PH, F68PH, M62PH, F85PH
21.11961-06-21344°33'N / 97°32'W44°00'N / 97°05'W43.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Kingsbury
21.71998-05-30243°46'N / 97°49'W43°44'N / 97°43'W6.00 Miles200 Yards0050K0Hanson
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged trees and power lines.
24.61957-06-10243°51'N / 97°05'W000K0Lake
24.71969-08-08243°42'N / 98°00'W43°38'N / 97°19'W34.30 Miles33 Yards0125K0Davison
25.51998-05-30243°42'N / 97°26'W43°36'N / 97°24'W6.00 Miles700 Yards00900K100KMccook
 Brief Description: A tornado spawned by the same storm which produced the Spencer tornado damaged farms, crops, trees, and power lines in southern McCook County.
25.72003-06-24444°17'N / 97°46'W44°25'N / 97°43'W10.00 Miles1000 Yards043.0M0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed or heavily damaged all buildings, other structures, and vehicles in the small town of Manchester. Propane and fuel oil tanks were destroyed. Many homes were stripped to the foundation. Of the six residents of the town, four were injured and were transported to hospitals. Three were deemed to be seriously injured, but non of the injuries were life threatening. One of the injured was in a basement, one was blown out of the home on the way to the same basement, and two were in a mobile home which was destroyed. The tornado damaged crops, trees, and power lines south of Manchester prior to reaching the town. The tornado also heavily damaged several farms north of Manchester, including two farms on which several buildings including the homes were destroyed. One of the farms was a "Centennial Farm". About 12 cattle were killed and others injured. The amount of crop damage was not known. During its path, the tornado was observed to have multiple vortices. The tornado was observed and video taped by numerous storm chasers and researchers. Researchers also deployed weather sensors around the town of Manchester. One of these sensors recorded a 100 millibar pressure drop as the tornado passed.
26.81973-04-19244°00'N / 97°54'W44°12'N / 98°12'W20.10 Miles200 Yards0225K0Sanborn
27.52006-09-16243°33'N / 97°30'W43°42'N / 97°17'W12.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado affected 3 farmsteads, destroying numerous outbuildings, damaging farm equipment and a home, killing at least 5 cattle and injuring others. The tornado also damaged a hog confinement building and overturned a semi trailer on Interstate 90.
28.71993-05-07343°36'N / 97°18'W43°42'N / 97°11'W10.00 Miles100 Yards005.0M0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado caused extensive damage in the Canistota area. Four metal grain storage bins were severely damaged and the roof was blown off the grain elevator. A large roof was blown off a building in Canistota resulting in rain seeping through the floors of the building. The roof blew into another building causing damage, and the flying debris took out power lines and transformers. The storm nearly totaled a farm including the house, and destroyed barns on other farms. Buildings were damaged in Montrose and a farm and metal buildings were lost on a farm east of Montrose.
29.01954-05-27243°37'N / 97°47'W43°38'N / 97°43'W2.30 Miles100 Yards0125K0Hanson
29.02003-06-24244°25'N / 97°39'W44°26'N / 97°37'W2.20 Miles200 Yards00200K0Kingsbury
 Brief Description: A tornado caused heavy damage to farm buildings including homes.
29.61993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W2.00 Miles75 Yards00500K0Hutchinson
 Brief Description: A tornado carried a 60 X 120 foot metal pole barn into the tops of four grain bins causing extensive damage. The tornado also destroyed many small buildings and blew roofs off larger buildings on many farms in the area.
29.61993-05-07243°35'N / 97°33'W1.00 Mile75 Yards00500K0Mccook
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down on several farms destroying two pole barns, a grain bin, and a barn roof.
29.81968-06-20343°41'N / 97°59'W43°39'N / 97°47'W9.90 Miles2667 Yards000K0Davison
29.81972-07-19244°22'N / 97°52'W0.30 Mile150 Yards0025K0Beadle
29.81956-06-29244°00'N / 96°58'W44°00'N / 96°53'W3.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Lake
30.01962-05-14344°30'N / 98°14'W43°38'N / 98°01'W60.70 Miles1760 Yards020K0Davison
30.11992-06-16344°21'N / 97°10'W44°21'N / 97°07'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Kingsbury
30.41978-06-24243°54'N / 98°07'W000K0Sanborn
30.91992-06-16344°21'N / 97°07'W44°19'N / 97°04'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Brookings
31.11992-08-09243°52'N / 96°56'W3.00 Miles250 Yards002.5M0Lake
31.21962-04-26243°43'N / 98°00'W0025K0Davison
31.41970-06-15344°09'N / 96°57'W44°10'N / 96°54'W00250K0Lake
32.61962-07-07244°24'N / 97°54'W0.20 Mile33 Yards003K0Beadle
32.61971-10-01243°33'N / 97°23'W0025K0Mccook
33.21962-05-21343°43'N / 98°03'W1.00 Mile167 Yards0322.5M0Davison
33.51965-05-24343°30'N / 97°30'W43°34'N / 97°20'W9.00 Miles20 Yards003K0Mccook
34.21992-06-16243°47'N / 96°56'W43°51'N / 96°51'W5.00 Miles50 Yards002.5M0Minnehaha
34.82006-08-24244°19'N / 98°10'W44°15'N / 98°04'W7.00 Miles300 Yards002.0M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado severely damaged 3 houses and destroyed or damaged a barn and several smaller buildings on farmsteads. The tornado knocked down power poles, with a transformer on one of the poles starting a brief fire. A tree shelter belt and crops were damaged. The amount of crop damage was not known.
35.31961-06-21344°00'N / 97°05'W44°31'N / 96°43'W39.90 Miles33 Yards00250K0Minnehaha
35.42003-06-24344°22'N / 98°02'W44°24'N / 98°00'W3.50 Miles300 Yards001.5M0Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed farm buildings and numerous trees, resulting in F3 damage southwest of Cavour. Homes and businesses within the town of Cavour were severely damaged (F2). Winds of 120 mph were measured by an anemometer on top of a grain elevator in Cavour.
35.91992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
35.91992-06-16243°43'N / 98°09'W43°50'N / 98°11'W3.00 Miles73 Yards003K0Davison
36.02003-06-24244°26'N / 97°54'W44°29'N / 97°54'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0000Beadle
 Brief Description: A tornado destroyed or heavily damaged farm structures.
36.51965-05-08243°46'N / 96°49'W43°49'N / 96°54'W4.50 Miles10 Yards0025K0Clay
38.22003-06-24344°01'N / 98°19'W44°05'N / 98°16'W5.00 Miles500 Yards00500K0Sanborn
 Brief Description: A tornado, crossing into Sanborn County from Jerauld County, destroyed or severely damaged several buildings on two farms. The tornado lifted the roof off a house. Another farmhouse had windows blown out, and shingles and aluminum siding torn off. Destroyed buildings included a barn, garage, outbuildings, and other small structures. Vehicles inside the destroyed garage were damaged. The tornado also caused tree, power line, and crop damage.
38.21965-05-20244°27'N / 97°54'W44°35'N / 97°47'W10.40 Miles150 Yards003K0Beadle
39.11962-05-12243°32'N / 96°59'W43°41'N / 96°58'W10.10 Miles880 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
39.21962-05-21244°01'N / 98°17'W43°52'N / 98°20'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Sanborn
39.71956-06-29244°00'N / 96°53'W44°02'N / 96°34'W15.60 Miles33 Yards013K0Moody
40.32003-06-24243°42'N / 98°14'W43°47'N / 98°15'W6.00 Miles400 Yards00500K0Davison
 Brief Description: A tornado damaged crops, trees, and numerous buildings on several farms. On one farm the northeast corner of a home was heavily damaged, and several buildings including a barn, a grainery, and a machine shed were destroyed. Large trees were blown down.
40.81986-07-18244°34'N / 97°27'W44°35'N / 97°06'W14.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Hamlin
41.21954-06-18243°25'N / 97°16'W43°28'N / 97°18'W2.70 Miles33 Yards003K0Turner
42.01987-07-11243°50'N / 96°44'W43°50'N / 96°42'W5.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Minnehaha
42.21965-06-07243°25'N / 97°20'W000K0Turner
43.12008-06-05243°43'N / 96°46'W43°45'N / 96°44'W3.00 Miles100 Yards000K0KMinnehaha
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado caused damage to silos, farm buildings, power lines, and numerous trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Thunderstorms produced numerous events of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds over southeast South Dakota from late morning through the evening of June 5th. The thunderstorms also produced heavy rain which resulted in flash flooding at several locations.
43.31956-05-10243°25'N / 97°15'W1.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Turner
45.31953-05-29244°39'N / 97°37'W44°41'N / 97°34'W1.90 Miles33 Yards0025K0Clark
45.51954-05-27243°30'N / 98°06'W1.00 Mile137 Yards0125K0Davison
46.41962-07-07244°42'N / 97°33'W44°40'N / 97°32'W0025K0Clark
47.12003-06-24243°23'N / 97°08'W43°24'N / 97°08'W1.50 Miles200 Yards003.0M0Turner
 Brief Description: A tornado heavily damaged or destroyed numerous structures at the county fairgrounds, uprooted numerous trees, and blew down power lines, resulting in power outages which lasted up to a day. The tornado damaged other structures in Parker including homes and the county courthouse. One home was shifted off its foundation and received broken windows and damaged siding. Some of the damage resulted from falling trees or wind blown debris.
47.21964-06-22243°29'N / 96°50'W43°38'N / 96°48'W10.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Lincoln
48.41984-06-05243°20'N / 97°46'W0025K0Hutchinson
49.41956-08-08243°33'N / 96°46'W000K0Minnehaha
49.71966-05-22243°24'N / 97°00'W003K0Turner


* 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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