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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 19, 1955:

A tornado (F2) moved NNW from 16 miles Southwest of Aberdeen, in the Townships of Good Hope and Highland. Only the houses were left intact on the four farms that were torn apart. Also, an F2 tornado destroyed barns 8 miles Southeast of Gettysburg causing $8,000 in damage. In Corson and Dewey Counties, two F0 tornadoes touched down, one after the other, causing over $3,000 worth of damage and injuring two people. An additional tornado (F2) moved NNW in Clear Lake and Richland Townships. Buildings were damaged on five farms.

April 19, 1971:

An unofficial rainfall amount of 6 inches in 24 hours was reported at White River. An official amount of 4 plus inches was reported at Murdo, causing the washout of a railroad and derailment of a freight train. The Ghost Hawk Dam broke on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and the flood waters damaged a trailer home and two cars. Flooding occurred along the Bad, White, and Little White Rivers and Pine Creek.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 91 (1915) Aberdeen: 12 (1988)
Kennebec: 92 (1923) Kennebec: 16 (1988)
Mobridge: 89 (1961) Mobridge: 14 (1928)
Pierre: 88 (1961) Pierre: 17 (1966)
Sisseton: 89 (1987) Sisseton: 16 (1988)
Timber Lake: 90 (1915) Timber Lake: 15 (1928)
Watertown: 86 (1987) Watertown: 11 (1928)
Wheaton: 90 (1987) Wheaton: 15 (1928)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.92" (1894) Aberdeen: 4.0" (1970)
Kennebec: 0.88" (1903) Kennebec: 8.0" (1966)
Mobridge: 0.97" (2000) Mobridge: 5.4" (1982)
Pierre: 1.61" (1971) Pierre: 2.5" (1959)
Sisseton: 2.04" (1957) Sisseton: 5.0" (1970)
Timber Lake: 1.35" (2000) Timber Lake: 5.0" (2000)
Watertown: 2.00" (1957) Watertown: 3.0" (1966)
Wheaton: 1.57" (1957) Wheaton: 5.0" (1966)


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