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In 1989, residents of Northway, Alaska were under enormous pressure as the barometric pressure reached 31.85 inches of mercury. This set the all time greatest barometric pressure ever recorded on the North American Continent. At the time, the temperature was a frost biting 46 below zero. The colossal Arctic Invasion then overwhelmed the North Central United States. Great Falls, Montana experienced truly great falls in temperature, going from 62 degrees to 23 below zero, an 85 degree plunge, in just 36 hours. Old Man Winter showed no heart at all for Valentine, Nebraska, where the mercury fell from 70 to zero in just 9 hours! In 1949, Helena, Montana plunged to 42 degrees below zero. && In 1918, Arica, Chile should have had its name changed to Arid, Chile. The town received its first measurable rainfall since October, 1903, a period of 14.4 years! This is the longest dry spell on record. The exact beginning date is unknown.

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