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 26 January 1938 → The Niagara River's worst ice jam on record occurred at Niagara Falls, NY. The jam caused the Falls View Bridge to collapse, burying the Ontario Hydro-Electric Power Commission Plant under 18 feet of water and ice.
 26 January 1972 → Intense lake effect snow bands pounded Oswego, NY and produced amazing snowfall rates: 2.4 inches in 15 minutes, 4.8 inches in half an hour, 9.1 inches in an hour, and 16.5 inches in two hours.
 26 January 1980 → Grand Ilet, in the South Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, recorded the world record 12-hour rainfall as a whopping 46 inches fell.
 26 January 2011 → A record snowstorm hit three major U.S. cities; Philadelphia received 15.1 inches of snow, Washington D.C. received five inches of snow, and New York City reported one to two feet of snow in the region which shut down schools for only the 9th time since 1979.

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April 2, 1998:

The James River began to flood in early April from Columbia to Stratford. The James rose to around 1.5 feet above flood stage at Columbia and Stratford through April into May. The James River mainly flooded farmland, pastureland, and a few roads in the vicinity of the channel.

April 2, 2010:

In South Dakota, a band of heavy snow set up across Corson and Dewey counties during the early morning hours of April 2nd. Along with heavy wet snow, northwest winds gusting up to 40 mph developed. By the time the snow ended in the late morning hours, 6 to 8 inches of snow had fallen. The heavy snow, combined with the strong winds, downed many power poles across the region along with making travel treacherous. Some snowfall amounts included; 4 inches at Eagle Butte; 6 inches at Timber Lake, McLaughlin, and 14 miles north of Isabel; 7 inches at Isabel and 6 miles southeast of McIntosh; 8 inches southwest of Keldron. More than 400 poles were lost to the heavy snow leaving approximately 800 people without power. Eighty lineman worked through the Easter weekend in the snow and mud. McLaughlin and Keldron were the hardest hit. Several hundred people were still without power on April 5th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 84 (1921) Aberdeen: 3 (1975)
Kennebec: 91 (2012) Kennebec: 3 (1936)
Mobridge: 79 (1955) Mobridge: 2 (1975)
Pierre: 78 (1991) Pierre: 5 (1936)
Sisseton: 73 (1991) Sisseton: 4 (1975)
Timber Lake: 78 (2012) Timber Lake: -2 (1936)
Watertown: 79 (1928) Watertown: 2 (1899)
Wheaton: 81 (1928) Wheaton: 0 (1920)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.62" (1940) Aberdeen: 2.3" (2007)
Kennebec: 0.60" (1953) Kennebec: 2.0" (1935)
Mobridge: 0.52" (2010) Mobridge: 3.0" (2007)
Pierre: 0.57" (1905) Pierre: 2.0" (1953)
Sisseton: 0.71" (1905) Sisseton: 4.0" (1978)
Timber Lake: 0.60" (1916) Timber Lake: 7.5" (1916)
Watertown: 0.62" (1965) Watertown: 3.2" (1953)
Wheaton: 0.57" (1960) Wheaton: 2.3" (1951)


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