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How a deadly downpour flooded Zhengzhou, China

A trifecta of meteorological conditions resulted in almost a year's worth of rain in a single day.

In addition to setting a record for China, the remarkable rainfall is in elite company when compared against similar records around the world. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the greatest one-hour rainfall reliably observed globally was 305 millimeters, or 1 foot, in Holt, Mo., on June 22, 1947.

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