The Storm Report Rewind for July 30

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In 1949 - The state record for Connecticut was established when the town of Greenville registered an afternoon high of 102 degrees.

In 1979 - A forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins, Colorado, with baseball to softball size hail. Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were damaged, and about 25 people were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones.

In 1989 - Morning thunderstorms over central Missouri deluged Columbia with 5.98 inches of rain causing flash flooding. Daytime thunderstorms in Kentucky drenched Paducah with 1.73 inches of rain in less than half an hour.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 29

In 1898 - The temperature at Prineville, Oregon, soared to 119 degrees to establish a state record, which was tied on the 10th of August at Pendleton.

In 1905 - Heavy rain in southwestern Connecticut caused a dam break, and the resulting flood caused a quarter of a million dollars damage at Bridgeport.  As much as eleven inches of rain fell prior to the flood.

In 1981 - Fifty cattle, each weighing 800 pounds, were killed by lightning near Vance, Alabama.  The lightning struck a tree and then spread along the ground killing the cattle.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 28

In 1819 - A small but intense hurricane passed over Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.  The hurricane was considered the worst in fifty years. Few houses were left standing either at Bay Saint Louis or at Pass Christian, and much of the Mississippi coast was desolate following the storm.

In 1952 - A severe storm with hail up to an inch and a half in diameter broke windows, ruined roofs, and stripped trees of leaves near Benson, Arizona.

In 1989 - Afternoon thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Massachusetts.  Early evening thunderstorms over Florida produced wind gusts to 68 miles per hour at Fort Myers, and evening thunderstorms in South Dakota produced nearly two inches of rain in twenty minutes at Pierpoint.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 26

In 1943 - Tishomingo, Oklahoma, baked in the heat as the mercury soared to 121 degrees, a state record.

In 1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced hail two inches in diameter in McHenry County, Illinois, and wind gusts to 70 mph at Auburn, Maine.  A wind gust of 90 miles-per-hour was recorded at Blairstown, New Jersey, before the anemometer broke.

In 1989 - Morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in southeastern Texas, with more than three inches reported at the Widlife Refuge in southwestern Chambers County.  Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Montana, with wind gusts to 62 miles-per-hour reported at Helena.


The Storm Report Rewind for July 25

In 1956 - The Andrea Doria sank in dense fog near Nantucket Lightship, Massachusetts.  The ship was rammed by the Swedish-American liner, Stockholm, forty-five miles off the coast of Massachusetts.  Fifty-two people drowned, or were killed by the impact.

In 1986 - Tremendous hailstones pounded parts of South Dakota damaging crops, buildings and vehicles.  Hail piled two feet deep at Black Hawk and northern Rapid City.  Hail an inch and a quarter in diameter fell for 85 minutes near Miller and Huron, piling up to depths of two feet.

In 1989 - Early afternoon thunderstorms over west central Missouri drenched the town of Ferguson with four inches of rain.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 24

In 1886 - Rain fell at Lawrence, Kansas, for the first time in four weeks.  Rain fell over much of the state of Kansas that day relieving a severe drought which began in May.

In 1947 - One of the most powerful strokes of lightning ever measured yielded 345,000 amperes of electricity in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1980 - Claudette, a weak tropical storm, deluged southeastern Texas with torrential rains.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 23

In 1788 - A weather diary kept by George Washington recorded that the center of a hurricane passed directly over his Mount Vernon home.  The hurricane crossed eastern North Carolina and Virginia before moving into the Central Appalachians.

In 1923 - Sheridan, Wyoming, was drenched with 4.41 inches of rain, an all-time 24 hour record for that location.  Associated flooding washed out 20 miles of railroad track.

In 1987 - Thunderstorms produced a record ten inches of rain in six and a half hours at Minneapolis,  including 5.26 inches in two hours. Flash flooding claimed two lives and caused 21.3 million dollars damage.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 22

In 1918 - A single bolt of lightning struck 504 sheep dead in their tracks at the Wasatch National Forest in Utah.  Sheep often herd together in storms, and as a result the shock from the lightning bolt was passed from one animal to another.

In 1986 - Hurricane Estelle passed 120 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands creating a ten to twenty foot surf. The large swells resulted from a combination of high tides, a full moon, and 50 mph winds.

In 1988 - Six cities in the south central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Pueblo, Colorado, with a reading of 48 degrees.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 21

In 1911 - The temperature at Painter, Wyoming, dipped to 10 degrees to equal the record low for July for the continental U.S.

In 1934 - The temperature reached 109 degrees at Cincinnati, Ohio, to cap their hottest summer of record.  The state record for Ohio was established that day with a reading of 113 degrees near the town of Gallipolis.

In 1988 - While cool air invaded the central U.S., unseasonably hot weather continued over the western states.  The temperature at Spring Valley, Nevada, soared from a morning low of 35 degrees to an afternoon high of 95 degrees.


The Storm Report Rewind for July 20

0712-hail-nodland---copyIn 1930 - The temperature at Washington D.C. soared to an all-time record of 106 degrees. The next day Millsboro reached 110 degrees to set a record for the state of Delaware.  July 1930 was one of the hottest and driest summers in the U.S., particularly in the Missouri Valley where severe drought conditions developed.

In 1934 - The temperature at Keokuk, Iowa, soared to 118 degrees to establish a state record.

In 1953 - Twenty-two inches of hail reportedly fell northeast of Dickinson, North Dakota.