This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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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May 18, 1918:

An estimated F2 tornado moved NNE from 5 miles NNW of Ferney, across the eastern edge of Groton. Homes were unroofed and barns were destroyed. Nine farms lost buildings. One man was injured in a barn, another in a car that was thrown from the road. Estimated damage was set at $60,000. Tornadoes were also seen in Lincoln and Sanborn Counties in South Dakota. Also, an estimated F2 tornado moved northeast through the townships of Akron and Artichoke in Big Stone County, Minnesota. About 300 farms had tornado damage. The funnel dissipated on Artichoke Lake.

May 18, 1960:

Pierre received 1.96 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes which caused flash flooding. About 30 basements were flooded with extensive cave in damage at one home. Flash flooding from 2 to 3 inches of rain occurred near Presho, washing out county roads, three bridges and a grain storage bin. Gettysburg also received 2.5 inches of rain.

May 18, 1996:

A brief F0 tornado touchdown and cut a narrow path from 2 miles east of Willow Lake with no damage reported. A 100 mph wind gust blew down 38 large trees on Highway 81 from the junction of Lake Norden corner on Highway 28 to the junction of the Hayti corner. Also, 4 double posted and 5 single posted signs were broken off and 1 single posted steel sign was bent over.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 100 (1934) Aberdeen: 26 (1915)
Kennebec: 104 (1934) Kennebec: 25 (2002)
Mobridge: 98 (1934) Mobridge: 26 (1915)
Pierre: 103 (1934) Pierre: 26 (2002)
Sisseton: 98 (1934) Sisseton: 31 (1968)
Timber Lake: 95 (1941) Timber Lake: 25 (1915)
Watertown: 94 (1934) Watertown: 25 (2002)
Wheaton: 91 (1972) Wheaton: 27 (1924)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.27" (1950)
Kennebec: 0.98" (1960)
Mobridge: 0.55" (1951)
Pierre: 1.96" (1960)
Sisseton: 0.60" (1962)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (2005)
Watertown: 1.35" (1962)
Wheaton: 1.60" (1962)


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