This Day in National/World Weather History ...
 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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July 18, 1883:

An estimated F3 tornado moved southeast from 3 miles south of Redfield to north of Hitchcock, to 6 miles southeast of Crandon. At least one farm house was destroyed and swept away. Three people were killed on one farm.

July 18, 1983:

In the afternoon, an F2 tornado that touched down in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis became one of the most observed and photographed tornadoes ever. The photographic coverage included video from a Minnesota DOT traffic camera and a remarkable aerial video taken from a helicopter by a television camera crew. The tornado began in Brooklyn Park and moved slowly northeast, causing light to moderate damage. It then turned east and slowed as it crossed the Mississippi River. Also on this day, an F2 tornado touched down two mile southeast of Bryant, in Hamlin County. This tornado traveled near Dolph Creek, and moved east along the creek to the Lake Norden area. The tornado damaged many trees and destroyed a barn. A second F2 tornado touched down three miles west of Toronto and moved southeast. The tornado destroyed a barn, silo, and six other buildings and caused extensive damage to farm equipment on a farm one mile south and a half mile west Astoria.

July 18, 1986:

In the afternoon, an F2 tornado that touched down in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis became one of the most observed and photographed tornadoes ever. The photographic coverage included video from a Minnesota DOT traffic camera and a remarkable aerial video taken from a helicopter by a television camera crew. The tornado began in Brooklyn Park and moved slowly northeast, causing light to moderate damage. It then turned east and slowed as it crossed the Mississippi River. Also on this day, an F2 tornado touched down two mile southeast of Bryant, in Hamlin County. This tornado traveled near Dolph Creek, and moved east along the creek to the Lake Norden area. The tornado damaged many trees and destroyed a barn. A second F2 tornado touched down three miles west of Toronto and moved southeast. The tornado destroyed a barn, silo, and six other buildings and caused extensive damage to farm equipment on a farm one mile south and a half mile west Astoria

July 18, 2008:

Severe thunderstorms developed across parts of central and north central South Dakota bringing large hail up to the size of golf balls and damaging winds to near 80 mph. Some tree, vehicle, and building damage occurred with some of the storms. Eighty mph winds or higher brought down many branches along with some trees in Fort Pierre. Power was cut off for parts of Fort Pierre when branches fell on power lines. Several truck trailers and feed silos were tipped onto their sides by the high winds. Also some buildings were damaged. A loaded train was pushed down the tracks almost a quarter of a mile by the high winds. Seventy mph winds or higher brought down many tree branches along with some trees in Pierre. There were power outages in Pierre along with some buildings receiving damage. Damaging thunderstorm winds also downed six power poles between Sully Buttes and Onida knocking power out to over 800 homes in and around Onida.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 106 (1936) Aberdeen: 40 (1915)
Kennebec: 110 (1926) Kennebec: 44 (1922)
Mobridge: 109 (1934) Mobridge: 46 (1912)
Pierre: 109 (1998) Pierre: 49 (2009)
Sisseton: 105 (1932) Sisseton: 47 (2009)
Timber Lake: 106 (1977) Timber Lake: 44 (2009)
Watertown: 105 (1940) Watertown: 45 (1914)
Wheaton: 102 (1932) Wheaton: 46 (1922)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.46" (1983)
Kennebec: 1.24" (1924)
Mobridge: 2.45" (1946)
Pierre: 1.03" (2008)
Sisseton: 3.00" (1946)
Timber Lake: 3.00" (2008)
Watertown: 1.28" (1989)
Wheaton: 1.54" (1989)


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