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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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August 5, 1987:

Six tornadoes touched down in central South Dakota. Five of theses tornadoes touched down in Lyman county, including three which did damage near Kennebec within 25 minutes of each other. One of the tornadoes destroyed three farms, downing outbuildings, power lines, granaries, and killing farm animals.

August 5, 2000:

A wet microburst with winds estimated at 120 mph caused heavy damage in and around Mitchell. Apartments and several mobile homes were destroyed, vehicles were overturned, and other damage occurred to buildings and vehicles. Widespread tree and power line damage also occurred. Ten people were injured, although the majority of the injuries were minor. The damage path was approximately a mile and a half long and a mile wide, extending over the southwest part of Mitchell.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 107 (1941) Aberdeen: 41 (1994)
Kennebec: 109 (1941) Kennebec: 43 (1994)
Mobridge: 108 (1941) Mobridge: 46 (2012)
Pierre: 109 (1941) Pierre: 48 (2012)
Sisseton: 101 (1934) Sisseton: 46 (1994)
Timber Lake: 106 (1941) Timber Lake: 46 (1946)
Watertown: 97 (1937) Watertown: 41 (1915)
Wheaton: 99 (1976) Wheaton: 48 (1990)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.08" (1960)
Kennebec: 1.02" (1950)
Mobridge: 1.99" (1950)
Pierre: 1.39" (1909)
Sisseton: 2.50" (1900)
Timber Lake: 1.10" (1918)
Watertown: 1.32" (1900)
Wheaton: 1.41" (1942)


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