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 31 July 1861 → The world record for one-year rainfall was set: 1,042 inches at Cherrapunji, India.
 31 July 1964 → Country singer "Gentleman Jim" Reeves flew his single-engine Beechcraft plane into a thunderstorm near Brentwood, TN. The plane crashed, killing Reeves and his manager. Reeves was 40 years old at the time of the crash.
 31 July 1976 → A stationary thunderstorm produced more than 10 inches of rain which funneled into the narrow Thompson River Canyon of northeastern Colorado. A mass of water 20 feet high and traveling at 50 mph wreaked a 25 mile path of destruction from Estes Park to Loveland. 144 people were killed, mostly in vehicles. Ten miles of U.S. Highway 34 were totally destroyed.
 31 July 1993 → Alabama finished its hottest July on record since 1879, while receiving less than half the normal rainfall. Meanwhile, the Great Flood of 1993 was reaching its peak in the Midwest and was eventually responsible for 48 deaths and $23.1 billion in damage.

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April 2, 1998:

The James River began to flood in early April from Columbia to Stratford. The James rose to around 1.5 feet above flood stage at Columbia and Stratford through April into May. The James River mainly flooded farmland, pastureland, and a few roads in the vicinity of the channel.

April 2, 2010:

In South Dakota, a band of heavy snow set up across Corson and Dewey counties during the early morning hours of April 2nd. Along with heavy wet snow, northwest winds gusting up to 40 mph developed. By the time the snow ended in the late morning hours, 6 to 8 inches of snow had fallen. The heavy snow, combined with the strong winds, downed many power poles across the region along with making travel treacherous. Some snowfall amounts included; 4 inches at Eagle Butte; 6 inches at Timber Lake, McLaughlin, and 14 miles north of Isabel; 7 inches at Isabel and 6 miles southeast of McIntosh; 8 inches southwest of Keldron. More than 400 poles were lost to the heavy snow leaving approximately 800 people without power. Eighty lineman worked through the Easter weekend in the snow and mud. McLaughlin and Keldron were the hardest hit. Several hundred people were still without power on April 5th.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 84 (1921) Aberdeen: 3 (1975)
Kennebec: 91 (2012) Kennebec: 3 (1936)
Mobridge: 79 (1955) Mobridge: 2 (1975)
Pierre: 78 (1991) Pierre: 5 (1936)
Sisseton: 73 (1991) Sisseton: 4 (1975)
Timber Lake: 78 (2012) Timber Lake: -2 (1936)
Watertown: 79 (1928) Watertown: 2 (1899)
Wheaton: 81 (1928) Wheaton: 0 (1920)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.62" (1940) Aberdeen: 2.3" (2007)
Kennebec: 0.60" (1953) Kennebec: 2.0" (1935)
Mobridge: 0.52" (2010) Mobridge: 3.0" (2007)
Pierre: 0.57" (1905) Pierre: 2.0" (1953)
Sisseton: 0.71" (1905) Sisseton: 4.0" (1978)
Timber Lake: 0.60" (1916) Timber Lake: 7.5" (1916)
Watertown: 0.62" (1965) Watertown: 3.2" (1953)
Wheaton: 0.57" (1960) Wheaton: 2.3" (1951)


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