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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 21, 1987:

Cold arctic air continued to invade the central U.S. Eleven record lows were reported in the Great Plains Region, including lows of 12 degrees at Valentine, Nebraska, and 9 degrees at Aberdeen, South Dakota. Temperatures warmed rapidly during the day in the Southern and Central Plains Region. Goodland, Kansas warmed from a morning low of 24 degrees to an afternoon high of 75 degrees.

October 21, 1989:

Unseasonably cold weather continued to grip the south central and southeastern U.S. Twenty cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Calico, Arkansas with a reading of 26 degrees, and Daytona Beach, Florida with a low of 41 degrees. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region finally came to an end, but not before leaving Marquette, Michigan buried under 12.7 inches of snow, a record 24 hour total for October.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 86 (1947) Aberdeen: 9 (1987)
Kennebec: 95 (1947) Kennebec: 13 (1910)
Mobridge: 89 (1947) Mobridge: 10 (1930)
Pierre: 93 (1947) Pierre: 14 (1987)
Sisseton: 82 (1947) Sisseton: 14 (1936)
Timber Lake: 88 (1947) Timber Lake: 12 (1936)
Watertown: 83 (1947) Watertown: 7 (1930)
Wheaton: 83 (1927) Wheaton: 8 (1930)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.60" (1906) Aberdeen: 16.0" (1906)
Kennebec: 0.54" (1953) Kennebec: 2.0" (1906)
Mobridge: 0.32" (2008) Mobridge: 1.3" (2002)
Pierre: 0.65" (1953) Pierre: 0.4" (1898)
Sisseton: 0.51" (2009)
Timber Lake: 1.07" (1953) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1996)
Watertown: 0.52" (1959) Watertown: 2.3" (1951)
Wheaton: 0.68" (2009) Wheaton: 2.5" (2002)


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