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Weather History: July 1: Record temps, storms, tropics, hail, wind & flooding

Listed are Meteorological events that happened on July 1st:

The deadliest month for lightning in the United States is July. Not only does the month normally have a large number of thunderstorms across the country, but the significant number of people vacationing and engaging in outdoor activities yields the high death total.

On average, this is the first day Las Vegas, NV reaches 110°.


A tremendous storm hits Philadelphia, PA and New York City. Many young people are drowned while on a Sunday boating excursion.


A tornado crossed Saint Helena Sound in South Carolina, drowning 23 people who were out on the sound in ships.


In the Douglas, WI area, a 25 square mile ice field was still in existence at the head of Lake Superior.


The U.S. Weather Bureau was born as the equipment, stations and personnel of the U.S. Army Signal Service were passed to the new agency, which was part of the Department of Agriculture.


The high of just 79° at Phoenix, AZ was their coolest daily maximum on record for the month of July. The normal daily high on this date is 105°.


Pawtucket, RI received a deluge of rain containing 5.1 inches in 24 hours, beginning a very wet July for the area.


Lightning struck the Texas Oil Company plant near Elizabeth, NJ causing 300,000 barrels of oil to go up in flames.


To expedite communication between weather forecasters and government officials, the U.S. Weather Bureau initiated a private teletypewriter line called the "hurricane circuit." This allowed for a smooth flow of vital information during threatening hurricanes, when telephone lines and telegraph circuits would become jammed.


A severe thunder squall struck parts of Grand Island, the Tonawandas, and north Buffalo, NY during the evening. Destructive winds at the airport of 59 mph, heavy rain of 2.27 inches in a 3-hour period from 6 to 9pm with 1.67 inches between 6 and 7pm and one inch in a 10-minute period, and hail caused damage estimated around $2 million dollars.


A small tornado observed near Vancouver, British Columbia Canada was only the third such observation in the history of the Vancouver Weather Office.


The Lake Creek community, just north of Granite in Greer County, Oklahoma was pounded by a severe thunderstorm. The storm produced 2.5 inch diameter hail, winds 75 mph, and 2.25 inches of rain. The storm moved from northeast to southwest, which happens occasionally in the summer months.


5.8 inches of rain was reported at Stampede Pass, WA setting a July record.


Tropical storm Bret formed well off the North Carolina coast, but moved toward the west then northwest across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and into Virginia. Philadelphia, PA received 0.49 inches of rain.


A heat wave continued across southern California. Santa Ana, CA hit 110°, a record for July. Other daily records included: Escondido, CA: 109°, Riverside, CA: 107° and San Diego, CA: 94°.


Chadron, NE was struck by a severe thunderstorm with large hail and 80 mph winds. An automobile dealership had its windows blown out and many buildings had large holes punched in their roofs by the hailstones.


Lake Charles, LA was drenched with a month's worth of rain during the early morning. More than 5 inches of rain soaked the city, including 2.68 inches in one hour.


Many cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lows of 40° at Osage, IA, 48° at Providence, RI, 48° at Roanoke, VA, 48° at Wilmington, DE, 49° at Stratford, CT and 54° at Washington, D.C. were records for the month of July. Boston, MA equaled their record for July with a low of 50°.
Five inches of snow whitened Mount Washington, NH, a rather unusual occurrences in what turned out to be one of the hottest summers on record. The temperature fell to 34° at Barre Falls, MA. These wintry conditions occurred in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record.


Showers and thunderstorms associated with the low pressure which was once Tropical Storm Allison continued to drench parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and eastern Texas. Late night thunderstorms produced 12.58 inches of rain at Biloxi, MS in six hours, and 10.73 inches at Gulfport, MS. Flooding in Mississippi over the first six days of the month caused $55 million dollars damage.


Two inches of rain fell in 30 minutes about 3.5 miles south southeast of Trousdale, KS. The heavy rain washed out roads and left water holes that measured 100 feet long.


A microburst over the south side of Cheyenne, WY blew windows out of 15 cars, with a gust to 59 mph recorded at the Cheyenne airport.


A 53-year-old male golfer was killed instantly at the Ibis Golf & Country Club 9 miles northwest of Palm Beach, FL, when lightning struck his 7-iron on the follow through, after a foursome had halted play because of lightning in the area. The lightning struck when the group resumed play.


The temperature at Tallahassee, FL reached 100° for the 13th time during the year, establishing a new record. The previous record was 12 days in 1931.


Northern and central Ontario and parts of Quebec started July with some snow. On Canada Day in Kapuskasing, Ontario 1.2 inches of snow fell.


San Antonio, TX recorded 9.52 inches of rain on this day to set a new record for its greatest rainfall for the entire month of July.


A few secondary roads were under 6 inches of water 5 miles north east of Rose Hill in Jasper County. Several secondary roads were underwater along with a few streets flooded in Stonewall and Quitman. Heavy rains caused several streams to flood and cover portions of a few roads in Meridian. These events were associated with Tropical Storm Bill.


The overnight low at Las Vegas, NV only dropped to 95°. This ties their all-time record for highest overnight low with 7/19/2005.


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