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 26 February 1972 → Three days of rain falling atop a six-inch snow cover in West Virginia caused a dam break that released a fifty-foot wall of water down the narrow valley of Buffalo Creek. The town of Saunders was destroyed and 125 people were killed. Four thousand were left homeless on the valley floor along Buffalo Creek.
 26 February 1988 → During the Winter Olympics in Calgary a record high temperature of 67 degrees was set.
 26 February 2007 → The world record was set for 72-hour rainfall: 154.70 inches at Cratere Commerson, La Reunion.

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August 22, 1985:

Intense thunderstorms moved from near Shadehill Reservoir in northwest South Dakota late in the evening of the 21st, to northern Brown County after sunrise on the 22nd. These thunderstorms produced strong winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and lightning. Considerable crop and property damage was caused mainly by the strong winds and hail. Winds gusts ranged from 55 mph at Mobridge to 60 mph in and around Akaska. Winds of 70 mph were reported at Onaka and Faulkton. The strongest wind gust was reported in Hoven with a peak gust of 72 mph. Widespread damage was reported throughout the area. Many mobile homes, storage sheds, silos, and roofs were damaged or destroyed. Nine miles south and four miles west of Keldron, over two inches in diameter hail fell for 40 minutes, breaking windows and piling in ditches to a depth of four feet. These intense thunderstorms also produced brief heavy rainfall ranging from three quarters of an inch to over four inches.

August 22, 2011:

The Missouri River at Pierre, Fort Pierre, and Chamberlain/Oacoma fell throughout the month of August as releases on the Oahe Dam were slowly decreased. The Missouri River at Chamberlain/Oacoma fell below flood stage on August 22nd. The extensive damage to homes and roads began to surface as the water receded. The river continued to fall into September.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 105 (1971) Aberdeen: 36 (1904)
Kennebec: 109 (1938) Kennebec: 34 (1923)
Mobridge: 106 (1960) Mobridge: 41 (1945)
Pierre: 105 (1960) Pierre: 45 (1974)
Sisseton: 101 (1947) Sisseton: 41 (1987)
Timber Lake: 104 (2010) Timber Lake: 43 (1916)
Watertown: 98 (1971) Watertown: 35 (1923)
Wheaton: 101 (1976) Wheaton: 39 (1923)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.84" (1978)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1954)
Mobridge: 1.23" (1985)
Pierre: 2.00" (1946)
Sisseton: 1.80" (1998)
Timber Lake: 1.14" (1985)
Watertown: 1.17" (1954)
Wheaton: 1.25" (1998)


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