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Today AUGUST 2ND, 1975-It's a hot time in eastern New England as all time heat records are broken. Massachusetts sizzles as the mercury soars to 107 F (42 C); Maine and New Hampshire swelter at 105 F (41 C) and Rhode Island bakes at 104 F (40 C).
AUGUST 2ND, 1954-Severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail for thirty minutes in north central Kansas. One drift measured 200 feet long, seventy feet wide and three feet deep.
Aug 01 AUGUST 1ST, 1985-A nearly stationary thunderstorm deluged Cheyenne WY with rain and hail. Six inches of rain fell in six hours producing the most damaging flash flood of record for the state. Two to five feet of hail covered the ground following the storm, which claimed twelve lives, and caused 65 million dollars property damage.
AUGUST 1ST, 1989-Hurricane Chantal made landfall along the Upper Texas coast about sunrise. Chantal deluged parts of Galveston Island and southeastern Texas with 8 to 12 inches of rain. Unofficial totals ranged up to twenty inches. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Galveston, and reached 76 mph in the Houston area. Tides were 5 to 7 feet high. The hurricane claimed two lives, and caused 100 million dollars damage.
Jul 31 JULY 31ST, 1976-After a thunderstorm drops 10 in (254 mm) of rain within four hours into two tributaries of the Thompson River, a flash flood in the Thompson Canyon, in northeast Colorado, drowns 139 campers; five others are reported missing as losses climb to $35.5 million. Helicopters lift nearly 1,000 other victims to safety.
JULY 31ST, 1987-The deadliest tornado in 75 years struck Edmonton, Alberta, killing 26 persons and injuring 200 others. The twister caused more than 75 million dollars damage along its nineteen mile path, leaving 400 families homeless. At the Evergreen Mobile Home Park, up to 200 of the 720 homes were flattened by the tornado.
Jul 30 JULY 30TH, 1979-A forty-minute hailstorm bombed Fort Collins CO with baseball to softball size hail. Two thousand homes and 2500 automobiles were damaged, and about 25 persons were injured, mainly when hit on the head by the huge stones. A three month old baby died later of injuries.
JULY 30TH, 1965-The temperature at Portland OR reached 107 degrees to equal their all-time record high.
Jul 29 JULY 29TH, 1898-The temperature at Prineville OR soared to 119 degrees to establish a state record, which was tied on the 10th of August at Pendleton.
JULY 29TH, 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.
Jul 28 JULY 28TH, 1986-Severe thunderstorms moving out of South Dakota across Iowa produce high winds which derailed eighteen piggyback trailer cars of a westbound freight train near Boone IA. Sixteen of the cars fell 187 feet into the Des Moines River. The thunderstorms also spawned a number of tornadoes, including one which caused twenty-five to fifty million dollars damage at Sloan, near Sioux City IA.
JULY 28TH, 1819-A small but intense hurricane passed over Bay Saint Louis MS. 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. A U.S. cutter was lost along with its thirty-nine crew members. The storm struck the same area that was hit 150 years later by Hurricane Camille.
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