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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 25, 1994:

Lightning from a thunderstorm 4 miles W of Aberdeen struck two houses, causing structural damage and starting a fire which caused further damage to one house. The second house suffered damage only to a surge protector. Total damage was estimated at $50,000 for both strikes.

April 25, 1996:

An intense area of low pressure brought high winds of 30 to 50 mph with isolated gusts to 80 mph to central and north central South Dakota from the morning to the evening of the 25th. The dry April soil was picked up by the high winds, lowering visibilities in blowing dust. Some places experienced duststorm conditions with low visibilities and drifting dust. Many roofs lost shingles due to the high winds. In Eagle Butte, the Vietnam Veterans Center roof was blown off. Other buildings were also damaged across the area, along with some broken windows. Some power poles and lines were downed west of Fort Pierre. Some trees and branches were also downed. Near Isabel, a cattle trailer was tipped over and two calf shelters were destroyed. Also, a twenty foot Conoco sign was blown down near Isabel along with other signs damaged across the area. The duststorm reminded many of the 1930s. Some wind gusts include, 60 mph at Mobridge and Selby, 70 mph at Miller, Pierre, and Murdo, and 80 mph at Isabel and Eagle Butte.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 97 (1962) Aberdeen: 19 (1958)
Kennebec: 95 (1962) Kennebec: 20 (1931)
Mobridge: 90 (1962) Mobridge: 20 (1931)
Pierre: 94 (1962) Pierre: 24 (1950)
Sisseton: 94 (1962) Sisseton: 21 (1958)
Timber Lake: 88 (1962) Timber Lake: 20 (1947)
Watertown: 92 (1962) Watertown: 21 (1958)
Wheaton: 90 (1962) Wheaton: 22 (1931)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 1.45" (1986) Aberdeen: 1.4" (2008)
Kennebec: 1.68" (1906) Kennebec: 3.0 (2008)
Mobridge: 1.07" (1942) Mobridge: Trace (1953)
Pierre: 1.91" (1929) Pierre: 2.0" (1988)
Sisseton: 1.02" (1998) Sisseton: 6.9" (2008)
Timber Lake: 0.96" (1948) Timber Lake: 4.0" (1953)
Watertown: 1.12" (2008) Watertown: 19.0" (2008)
Wheaton: 1.00" (1953) Wheaton: 2.0" (1950)


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