Alvin, Texas, was deluged by 43 inches of rain in 24 hours from July 24-25, 1979, setting an all-time record 24-hour rainfall for the U.S.
The torrential rain fell as Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border before stalling right over Alvin.
The 24-hour rainfall in Alvin may also be the record for the world's greatest 24-hour rainfall occurring over flat terrain, according to the Atlantic Hurricane Season Summary of 1979 released by the National Hurricane Center.
Other locations in Texas were also inundated by more than 30 inches of rain from Claudette.
This rainfall map from Tropical Storm Claudette shows a bulls-eye of rain over southeastern Texas with amounts of over 30 inches. Courtesy of NOAA.
The greatest 24-hour rainfall amount in the world is nearly 72 inches at Foc-Foc, La Reunion Island, an island located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar, Jan. 7-8, 1966. The rain was unleashed by a tropical cyclone churning in the Indian Ocean. The mountainous terrain across the island rises to as high as 10,070 feet above sea level on the Piton des Neiges volcano.
An Alberta Clipper storm moving in from the Midwest will bring snow to areas in the mid-Atlantic missed by a coastal storm on Saturday.
An Alberta Clipper storm will spread a swath of accumulating snow and slippery travel through the Midwest on Sunday.
Significant snow is expected to move into Atlantic Canada over the weekend.
A disruptive snow will sink into south-central and southeastern Europe late this weekend.
Icy roadways across the Northeast led to fatal vehicle accidents and pileups early in the week.
A major winter storm will unfold across the Northeast early this week, eventually becoming an all-out blizzard over parts of New England and the New York City area.
Cold snap: Saranac Lake, NY Minus 25 Carthage, NY Minus 24 Bath, ME Minus 18
International Falls, MN (1996)
Mid Atlantic (2000)
Heavy snowfall strikes region. 20.7" fell in Raleigh, NC 14.6" fell in Baltimore, MD. 9.3" fell at Washington, DC. 8" fell at Philadelphia, PA.