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On this day in 1996, it was raining. Of course that isn’t exciting in and of itself, but the month of April, 21 years ago, was the wettest ever on a state-wide basis. A cold, wet backwards spring featured some 6 to 9 inches of rain, keeping rivers near or above flood much of the time, and delaying many spring activities. One to two inches of rain on this date brought rivers up enough to close roads throughout northern and central Vermont.