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Today 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.
 
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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.
 
Jul 18 JULY 18TH, 1889-A cloudburst in West Virginia along the small creeks in Wirt County, Jackson County and Wood County claimed twenty lives. Rockport WV reported nineteen inches of rain in two hours and ten minutes that Thursday evening. Tygart Creek rose 22 feet in one hour, and villages were swept away on Tygart, Slate, Tucker, and Sandy Creeks.
 
JULY 18TH, 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.
 
Jul 17 JULY 17TH, 1974-After striking a tree and passing through a chain, lightning kills Norma Jean, a 6500 lb. performing elephant tethered to a tree in the town square at Oquawka, IL where a circus had pitched a big top.
 
JULY 17TH, 1941-A prolonged heat wave over Washington State finally came to an end. Lightning from untimely thunderstorms was responsible for 598 forest fires.
 
Jul 16 JULY 16TH, 1946-The temperature at Medford OR soared to an all-time high of 115 degrees to begin a two week heat wave. During that Oregon heat wave the mercury hit 100 degrees at Sexton Summit for the only time in forty years of records.
 
JULY 16TH, 1975-An early afternoon thunderstorm raked the east side of Tucson AZ 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.
 
Jul 15 JULY 15TH, 1980-The suburbs of Minneapolis are hammered by powerful thunderstorms, hailstorms and small tornadoes, leaving 100,000 without power. Downward rushing winds cause an estimated $43 million in damages in Dakota County.
 
JULY 15TH, 1916-A dying South Atlantic Coast storm produced torrential rains in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Altapass NC was drenched with more than 22 inches of rain, a 24 hour rainfall record for the state. Flooding resulted in considerable damage, particularly to railroads.
 
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