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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 21, 1977:

Five tornadoes were seen by observers south of Clear Lake. One was five miles south of town moving northeast. Another was four miles south and one mile west of Clear Lake. Both destroyed trees and some small buildings. Three other tornadoes were sighted about two miles south of town. These touched down only momentarily with no damage occurring. Two tornadoes were seen in Southern Codington County. One was seen at Grover and the other was five miles south of Watertown. No damage was reported. A tornado was on the ground in the vicinity of Revillo. A few barns and some out building were damaged.

May 21, 1992:

A severe thunderstorm moved over northwestern Edmunds County causing high winds and penny size hail. In Bowdle there was considerable wind damage. Tree limbs in excess of five inches in diameter were broken off and fell on a car. Other tree branches went through the roof of a home. Two pickup trucks were rolled on their side. Three miles ENE of Bowdle a garage was moved 20 feet off its foundation and was stopped by a large tractor.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 94 (1925) Aberdeen: 25 (1895)
Kennebec: 99 (1925) Kennebec: 21 (1931)
Mobridge: 94 (1964) Mobridge: 23 (1931)
Pierre: 93 (1992) Pierre: 32 (1968)
Sisseton: 96 (1964) Sisseton: 32 (1963)
Timber Lake: 92 (1955) Timber Lake: 20 (1931)
Watertown: 92 (1964) Watertown: 28 (1928)
Wheaton: 98 (1964) Wheaton: 31 (1963)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.48" (1898)
Kennebec: 2.15" (1977)
Mobridge: 1.65" (1962)
Pierre: 1.01" (1899)
Sisseton: 3.84" (1965)
Timber Lake: 1.07" (1962)
Watertown: 1.70" (1909)
Wheaton: 2.20" (1937)


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