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Today JULY 24TH, 1886-Rain fell at Lawrence KS 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. The very dry weather ruined crops in Kansas.
 
JULY 24TH, 1980-Claudette, a weak tropical storm, deluged southeastern Texas with torrential rains. The Houston suburb of Alvin received 43 inches, a 24 hour record for the U.S.
 
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Jul 23 JULY 23RD, 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. Norfolk VA reported houses destroyed, trees uprooted, and crops leveled to the ground.
 
JULY 23RD, 1987-Thunderstorms produced a record ten inches of rain in six and a half hours at Minneapolis MN, including 5.26 inches in two hours. Flash flooding claimed two lives and caused 21.3 million dollars damage. Streets in Minneapolis became rushing rivers, parking lots became lakes, and storm sewers spouted like geysers. A tornado hit Maple Grove MN causing five million dollars damage. Baseball size hail was reported at Olivia MN.
 
Jul 22 JULY 22ND, 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.
 
JULY 22ND, 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. The hurricane also deluged Oahu Island with as much as 6.86 inches of rain on the 24th and 25th of the month.
 
Jul 21 JULY 21ST, 1975-Six inches of rain fell across Mercer County NJ in just ten hours causing the worst flooding in twenty years. Assunpink Creek crested eleven feet above flood stage at Hamilton and Trenton, the highest level of record. Traffic was brought to a standstill, and railway service between New York City and Washington D.C. was cut off for two days. Flooding left 1000 persons homeless, and caused an estimated 25 million dollars damage.
 
JULY 21ST, 1983-A record breaking low -128.6 F is recorded at the Soviet Union's Vostok Station, at Antartica.
 
Jul 20 JULY 20TH, 1977-At Johnstown, PA, where over 2,000 perished in a flood on May 31, 1889, another resulting from 8.5 in (216 mm) of rain falling in seven hours, drowns 76 and destroys property valued at $424 million.
 
JULY 20TH, 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. Toward the end of the month state records were set for Kentucky with 114 degrees, and Mississippi with 115 degrees.
 
Jul 19 JULY 19TH, 1886-Along the Florida peninsula, between Cedar Keys and Jacksonville, the third hurricane within a month causes extensive damages.
 
JULY 19TH, 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 AZ. Three persons in a station wagon died as it was carried 3000 feet down a wash by a ten foot wall of water.
 
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