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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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October 1, 1971:

A rare October tornado touched down in Sully County. This short lived tornado damaged a ranch home and large barn, 6 miles WSW of Onida.

October 1, 2012:

A drought continued to intensify and expand across parts of central and northeast South Dakota through October, resulting in severe to exceptional drought conditions. Many locations continued the trend of recording well below normal precipitation totals for the month. Exceptional drought conditions expanded into Stanley, Jones and southern Lyman counties. Extreme drought conditions spread into southern Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Lyman, Jones, southwest Hyde, Hamlin, Codington, Grant and Deuel counties. Severe drought conditions spread into Corson, Dewey, northwest Hyde, Hand, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Brown, eastern Clark and southern Roberts counties.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 92 (1922) Aberdeen: 21 (1974)
Kennebec: 96 (1953) Kennebec: 20 (1958)
Mobridge: 95 (1953) Mobridge: 23 (1936)
Pierre: 96 (1953) Pierre: 25 (2003)
Sisseton: 90 (1992) Sisseton: 22 (2003)
Timber Lake: 94 (1953) Timber Lake: 22 (1985)
Watertown: 91 (1951) Watertown: 20 (2003)
Wheaton: 91 (1992) Wheaton: 27 (2003)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.00" (1894)
Kennebec: 2.16" (2004)
Mobridge: 0.81" (1971) Mobridge: 2.3" (1999)
Pierre: 0.82" (1977) Pierre: 3.9" (1999)
Sisseton: 2.32" (2009)
Timber Lake: 0.75" (1977) Timber Lake: 5.0" (1999)
Watertown: 1.47" (2009)
Wheaton: 0.58" (2009)


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