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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 18, 1989:

Unseasonably cold air began to invade the central and eastern U.S. Light snow fell across northern Maine, and snow was also reported in the Great Lakes Region, including the Chicago area. Bismarck, North Dakota was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 9 degrees above zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high readings for the date, as temperatures warmed above 80 degrees. Miami, Florida reported a record high of 90 degrees.

October 18, 2005:

With the formation of Hurricane Wilma, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season tied the record for the most named storms for any season (21 storms in 1933), and also tied the record for the most hurricanes in a single season (12 in 1969). Wilma peaked at category-5 intensity on the 19th, with a minimum central pressure falling to 882 millibars (26.05 inches of mercury), the lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Wilma also became the most rapidly-intensifying storm on record, with a maximum-sustained surface wind speed increase of 105 mph in a 24-hour period.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 81 (2005) Aberdeen: 12 (1930)
Kennebec: 88 (2003) Kennebec: 10 (1916)
Mobridge: 86 (1914) Mobridge: 13 (1930)
Pierre: 90 (2000) Pierre: 18 (1972)
Sisseton: 84 (1953) Sisseton: 14 (1972)
Timber Lake: 82 (1914) Timber Lake: 15 (1930)
Watertown: 80 (1953) Watertown: 13 (1972)
Wheaton: 83 (1914) Wheaton: 11 (1972)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 2.00" (1944) Aberdeen: 2.4" (1976)
Kennebec: 1.05" (2007) Kennebec: 2.0" (2006)
Mobridge: 1.14" (2007) Mobridge: 0.4" (1976)
Pierre: 0.80" (2007) Pierre: 2.0" (1951)
Sisseton: 0.93" (1968) Sisseton: 3.0" (1976)
Timber Lake: 1.45" (1994) Timber Lake: 1.0" (1976)
Watertown: 0.83" (1984) Watertown: 1.1" (1976)
Wheaton: 0.80" (1968) Wheaton: 0.5" (1917)


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