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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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May 15, 1968:

An F5 tornado moved through Butler, Chickasaw, Floyd, Franklin, and Howard Counties in northeast Iowa. The tornado moved northeast from north of Hansell, passing east of Aredale and Marble Rock, before devastating Charles City. The tornado grew larger and more intense as it approached Charles City. The huge funnel passed directly through town, destroying 337 homes, and causing about $30 million in damage. The tornado continued to the northeast hitting Elma and it caused another $1.5 million in damages. From there the tornado turned to the north and dissipated south of Chester, 4 miles south of the Minnesota border. Nearly 2000 homes were damaged or destroyed. All 13 deaths occurred in Floyd County. 450 injuries were reported in Floyd County and 12 injuries in Howard County. Another F5 tornado moved north-northeast from southwest of Oelwein to Maynard and east of Randalia in Fayette County, IA. Homes were leveled and swept away in both Oelwein and Maynard. The warning sirens sounded for only 15 seconds before power failed in Oelwein. Nearly 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed along the path, and 34 people had to be hospitalized. Almost 1,000 families were affected. In addition to these F5 tornadoes, an F2 tornado touched down 6 miles south of Cresco, IA and two weak F1 tornadoes touched down in Dodge County, MN. Also, baseball size hail fell in Fayette County, IA.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 103 (1931) Aberdeen: 23 (2014)
Kennebec: 98 (1894) Kennebec: 18 (1959)
Mobridge: 94 (1931) Mobridge: 27 (1959)
Pierre: 96 (1936) Pierre: 25 (2014)
Sisseton: 100 (1934) Sisseton: 21 (1959)
Timber Lake: 92 (1936) Timber Lake: 22 (1940)
Watertown: 96 (1894) Watertown: 23 (1959)
Wheaton: 96 (2001) Wheaton: 25 (1921)

Record Precipitation: Record Snowfall:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1991) Aberdeen: 0.5" (1929)
Kennebec: 1.00" (1943)
Mobridge: 1.60" (1916)
Pierre: 0.70" (1908)
Sisseton: 1.41" (1965)
Timber Lake: 1.72" (1991) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1929)
Watertown: 1.45" (1962)
Wheaton: 2.40" (1947)


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