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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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September 25, 1981:

A late September tornado touched down briefly 14 miles west of Pierre during the early evening hours with no damage occurring.

September 25, 1996:

An early fall storm over the Black Hills of northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota re-acquainted area residents with their winter driving techniques. Snow totals ranged from 4 to 8 inches. U.S. Highway 385, south of Deadwood South Dakota, was temporarily closed after a semi-truck jack-knifed on Strawberry Hill. Numerous minor accidents were reported in the Black Hills due to slick roads. Heavy wet snow closed the Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road in the central/southern Black Hills until snowplows could clear the roads.


Record Highs: Record Lows:
Aberdeen: 95 (1938) Aberdeen: 19 (1926)
Kennebec: 95 (1964) Kennebec: 11 (1926)
Mobridge: 94 (1949) Mobridge: 18 (1928)
Pierre: 96 (1938) Pierre: 29 (2003)
Sisseton: 90 (1938) Sisseton: 30 (1982)
Timber Lake: 93 (1938) Timber Lake: 17 (1926)
Watertown: 87 (1938) Watertown: 21 (1926)
Wheaton: 87 (1949) Wheaton: 24 (1926)

Record Precipitation:
Aberdeen: 1.26" (1927)
Kennebec: 0.78" (1915) Kennebec: 4.5" (1939)
Mobridge: 0.56" (1915)
Pierre: 1.19" (1931) Pierre: 0.2" (1934)
Sisseton: 1.90" (1936)
Timber Lake: 0.80" (1929) Timber Lake: 0.5" (1942)
Watertown: 1.30" (1912) Watertown: 1.0" (1912)
Wheaton: 1.10" (1927)


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