This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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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November 16, 1989:

There was massive devastation at the Jones Valley School in Huntsville, Alabama after an F4 tornado plowed through the southern portion of the city. The tornado killed 21 people and injured 463 along its 18.5 mile path. Most of the deaths, injuries, and damage occurred along a one mile segment through a congested business area along Airport Road. At the school, which lost all of its second floor, classed had already let out for the day when the tornado struck, so there were 12 adults and 37 children in the building, all of whom survived by taking refuge on the lower level.

November 16, 1996:

A strong area of low pressure brought 6 to 9 inches of snowfall to most of central and parts of north central South Dakota on the 16th, while widespread freezing rain associated with the warm front of the system, along with 4 to 10 inches of snow, fell in northeast South Dakota. Travel was significantly affected, and a few minor accidents occurred during the storm. Several sporting events and activities were also postponed or cancelled. Strong north winds late on the 16th into early the 17th resulted in near-blizzard conditions across northeast South Dakota. Some storm total snowfall amounts include; 9.0 inches 12SSW of Harrold; 8.5 inches near Highmore; 8.2 inches in Roscoe; 8.0 in Eureka; 7.9 inches near Mellette; 7.0 inches in Waubay; 6.5 inches in Murdo and Redfield; 6.0 inches in Kennebec and Miller; 5.5 inches near Victor; and 5.3 inches in Sisseton.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 71 (2001) Aberdeen: -12 (1955)
Kennebec: 76 (2001) Kennebec: -10 (1959)
Mobridge: 69 (1953) Mobridge: -10 (1959)
Pierre: 75 (2001) Pierre: -10 (1959)
Sisseton: 74 (2001) Sisseton: -7 (1959)
Timber Lake: 70 (1939) Timber Lake: -13 (1959)
Watertown: 70 (2001) Watertown: -8 (1959)
Wheaton: 75 (1953) Wheaton: -8 (1932)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 0.55" (1987) Aberdeen: 5.5" (1987)
Kennebec: 0.30" (1996) Kennebec: 5.0" (1996)
Mobridge: 0.39" (1971) Mobridge: 3.0" (1911)
Pierre: 0.62" (1996) Pierre: 6.2" (1996)
Sisseton: 0.62" (1987) Sisseton: 4.0" (1985)
Timber Lake: 0.50" (1971) Timber Lake: 3.0" (1911)
Watertown: 1.12" (1971) Watertown: 6.0" (1985)
Wheaton: 1.20" (1930) Wheaton: 4.0" (1985)"


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