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On this Day in Weather History...
In 1986, exceptionally powerful severe thunderstorms ran roughshod over Kansas and Southwest Missouri with hail that reached three to three and a half inches in diameter and 70 to 90 mph winds. The three and a half inch hail clobbered parts of Coffey County where 18 people were injured while 3 inch diameter hail pummeled Barber and Kiowa counties. Winds around 90 mph tore through Lyon County near Emporia and a 60 mph gust injured one in Morris County. The severe thunderstorms caused around $71 million damage. In 1980, the hottest month on record finally ended at Dallas Fort Worth Airport. The average monthly temperature in July 1980 at DFW Airport was a torrid 92 degrees. There were 2 dates, the 2nd and the 18th, on which the average daily temperature was 95.5 degrees! && In 1983, it was, historically speaking, a very close call when a severe thunderstorm microburst produced a 150 mph gust at Andrews Air Force Base. It heavily damaged 2 buildings and 3 airplanes. It occurred just 6 minutes after president Ronald Reagan landed aboard Air Force One. In 1985, a nearly stationary severe thunderstorm deluged Cheyenne, Wyoming with around 6 inches of rain in 6 hours to produce the worst flash flood on record for the state. Hail accumulated to between 2 and 5 feet deep. The event killed 12 and caused around $65 million damage.

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