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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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October 8, 1982:

October 8th and 9th, 1982 a record-breaking snowstorm for so early in the Fall paralyzed the northern Black Hills with three to six feet of heavy, wet snow and winds of 40 to 70 miles an hour. Some snowfall amounts included 41 inches at Galena, 36 inches at Lead, and 23 inches at Deadwood. Five to six feet of snow was common in the higher elevations. The heavy wet snow caused numerous problems. The roof of a clothing store in Lead collapsed under the weight of the snow and several other businesses were damaged. The roofs of at least three trailer homes also collapsed. The combination of strong winds and heavy snow broke tree branches (causing extensive timber damage), power lines and telephone poles. Damage was done to 40 miles of power lines, including 30 broken power poles. Some residents were without power for five days. The city of Deadwood was without electricity and fresh water for at least three days.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 87 (1936) Aberdeen: 9 (1895)
Kennebec: 93 (1954) Kennebec: 14 (1895)
Mobridge: 90 (1960) Mobridge: 19 (1946)
Pierre: 92 (1980) Pierre: 18 (2000)
Sisseton: 88 (1960) Sisseton: 18 (2000)
Timber Lake: 90 (1960) Timber Lake: 18 (1946)
Watertown: 84 (2010) Watertown: 13 (1917)
Wheaton: 89 (2003) Wheaton: 19 (1917)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.58" (1982)
Kennebec: 1.07" (1924)
Mobridge: 1.50" (1982) Mobridge: 0.2" (1932)
Pierre: 1.11" (1982)
Sisseton: 0.43" (1959)
Timber Lake: 0.88" (1982) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1932)
Watertown: 0.51" (1995) Watertown: 0.7" (1970)
Wheaton: 1.30" (2001)


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