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.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 19

In 1886 - A hurricane from the Gulf of Mexico crossed Florida causing great damage from Cedar Keys to Jacksonville.

1960 - Cow Creek and Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, California, reported morning lows of 102 degrees. The afternoon high at Greenland Ranch was 124 degrees, and the high at Cow Creek that afternoon was 126 degrees.  The coolest low for the entire month for both locations was 82 degrees.

In 1974 - A severe thunderstorm with winds to 80 mph and up to two inches of rain washed out four to five foot deep sections of roadway in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 18

In 1942 - A record deluge occurred at Smethport in northern Pennsylvania, with 30.7 inches in just six hours.  The downpours and resultant flooding in Pennsylvania were devastating.

In 1986 - One of the most photo-genic tornadoes touched down in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, MN, during the late afternoon. The very slow moving tornado actually appeared live on the evening news by way of an aerial video taken by the KARE-TV helicopter crew. The tornado, unlike most, was quite the prima donna, staying visible to tens of thousands of persons for thirty minutes. It was moderate in intensity, with winds of 113-157 mph, and caused 650 thousand dollars damage.

In 1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, northern Texas and Arkansas during the afternoon, and into the night.  Baseball size hail fell at Stamford, Texas, and wind gusts to 92 mph near Throckmorton, Texas.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 17

In 1934 - One of the worst heat waves in the history of the nation commenced.  During the last two weeks of the month extreme heat claimed 679 lives in Michigan, including 300 in Detroit alone.

In 1941 - A prolonged heat wave over Washington State finally came to an end. Lightning from untimely thunderstorms was responsible for 598 forest fires.

In 1957 - On a warm and sunny day at Wilmington, Delaware, with a high of 86 degrees, a dust devil suddenly appeared.  It tore most the roof off one house, and stripped shingles from a neighboring house.  A TV aerial was toppled, and clothes were blown off clothes lines.

The Storm Report Rewind for July 16

In 1920 - A severe hailstorm over parts of Antelope and Boone counties in Nebraska stripped trees of bark and foliage, ruined roofs, and broke nearly every window facing north.

In 1946 - The temperature at Medford, Oregon, soared to an all-time high of 115 degrees to begin a two week heat wave.

In 1975 - An early afternoon thunderstorm raked the east side of Tucson, Arizona, with gale force winds, heavy rain, and numerous lightning strikes.  A thirteen year old boy was swept through a forty foot long culvert by raging waters before being rescued.