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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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August 13, 1987:

A succession of thunderstorms produced rainfall that was unprecedented in 116 years of precipitation records at Chicago, Illinois during an 18 hour period from the evening of the 13th to the early afternoon of the 14th. The resulting flash flood was the worst to ever strike the Chicago metropolitan area, causing 3 deaths and water damage that amounted to 221 million dollars worth. O Hare International Airport received an event total of 9.35 inches of rain in 18 hours, shattering the previous 24 hour record of 6.24 inches. For a period of about 24 hours, the airport was only accessible from the air as all roads were blocked by high water, including the Kennedy Expressway.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 112 (1965) Aberdeen: 35 (1964)
Kennebec: 114 (1965) Kennebec: 45 (2012)
Mobridge: 107 (1938) Mobridge: 44 (2004)
Pierre: 108 (1965) Pierre: 48 (2012)
Sisseton: 104 (1965) Sisseton: 39 (1964)
Timber Lake: 102 (1939) Timber Lake: 42 (2004)
Watertown: 102 (1965) Watertown: 35 (1964)
Wheaton: 100 (1984) Wheaton: 38 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.02" (1895)
Kennebec: 1.30" (1980)
Mobridge: 0.75" (1927)
Pierre: 1.35" (1997)
Sisseton: 1.75" (1989)
Timber Lake: 0.38" (1934)
Watertown: 1.28" (1945)
Wheaton: 1.52" (2006)


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