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Weather History: July 10: Record temps, storms, wind, floods & tropics

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Listed are Meteorological events that happened on July 10th:

1911

The state of Maine recorded their hottest temperature ever as the town of North Bridgton soared to 105°.

1913

The mercury hit 134° at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley, CA, the hottest reading on record for the North American continent and what was the second highest temperature on Earth until 9/14/2012 when an international team of climate experts from the World Meteorological Organization determined this reading to be invalid because of the combination of a poor weather instrument, a location in a bad spot for accurate readings and an inexperienced record-keeper. The Death Valley, CA reading is now recognized as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

Sandstorm conditions accompanied the heat. The high the previous day was 129°, following a morning low of 93°.

1926

A lightning bolt struck an ammunition magazine in northern New Jersey, and a big red ball of fire leaped into the air triggering a series of explosions. All buildings within a half mile radius were destroyed, and debris fell as far as 22 miles away. 16 people were killed, and property damage was estimated at $70 million dollars.

1936

Afternoon highs of 112° at Martinsburg, WV, 109° at Cumberland and Frederick, MD, 110° at Runyon, NJ, and 111° at Phoenixville, PA, established all-time record highs for those four states. It was the hottest day of record for the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. All-time record highs were set at: Huron, SD: 112°, Baltimore, MD: 107°, Lynchburg, VA: 106° and Youngstown, OH: 103°. All-time records were tied at Williston, ND: 109°, Lexington, KY: 108° and Roanoke, VA: 105°.

Chadron, NE recorded its last of none consecutive days with a high temperature of at least 100 degrees, an all-time record. Other daily records included: Aberdeen, SD: 114°, Bismarck, ND: 110°, Fargo, ND: 110°, Grand Forks, ND: 108°, South Bend, IN: 106°, Peoria, IL: 106°, Rockford, IL: 106°, Waterloo, IA: 106°, Minneapolis, MN: 106°, St. Cloud, MN: 106°, Cincinnati, OH: 105°, Indianapolis, IN: 105°, Moline, IL: 105°, Rochester, MN: 105°, Williamsport, PA: 104°, Philadelphia, PA: 104°, Huntington, WV: 104°, Richmond, VA: 104°, Louisville, KY: 104°, Evansville, IN: 104°, Kansas City, MO: 104°, Harrisburg, PA: 103°, Allentown, PA: 103°, Wilmington, DE: 103°, Des Moines, IA: 103°, Dubuque, IA: 103°, Rochester, NY: 102°, Charleston, WV: 102°, Toledo, OH: 102°, Chicago, IL: 102°, Syracuse, NY: 101°, Avoca, PA: 101°, Chattanooga, TN: 101°, Knoxville, TN: 101°, Hartford, CA: 100°, Albany, NY: 100°, Atlanta, GA: 100°, Mansfield, OH: 100°, Asheville, NC: 99°, Erie, PA: 98°, Akron, OH: 98°, Cleveland, OH: 97°, Beckley, WV: 96°, Elkins, WV: 96° and Worcester, MA: 95°.

1955

A severe thunderstorm produced 2.10 inches of rain in just one hour at Boston, MA, their greatest one hour rainfall on record.

1959

Yuma, AZ reached 118°, the hottest reading during an extended heat wave that saw temperatures rise to over 100° for an entire month.

1973

The temperature at Lethbridge, Alberta Canada soared to 103°.

1975

A tornado damaged two subdivisions and a school near Hwy. 50 at Titusville, FL. Five homes were unroofed and 10 others damaged. Cars were crushed by falling trees. There were no injuries. One witness described the tornado as a huge funnel with an unusually large base. Another person said that it sounded like a train rolling through. Heavy rain and hail were also reported.

Baltimore, MD picked up 4.66 inches of rain in 24 hours.

1979

Record heat occurred from west Texas to the Southwest. The temperature at El Paso, TX hit 112°, an all-time record for that location. The next day was 110°. Palm Springs, CA tied their all-time record high with 123° (8/1/1993 & 6/29/1995). Other daily records included: Borrego Springs, CA: 116°, Tucson, AZ: 109° and Albuquerque, NM: 103°.

1980

The temperature in downtown Kansas City, MO hit 109° (104° at the airport), following a sultry overnight low of 89°. That low was the warmest low on record for Kansas City, and overall it was the hottest July day on record. It was the 7th of a record 17 consecutive days of 100 degree heat, and the mean temperature for the month of 90.2° was also an all-time record for that location.

Other daily records included: Wichita, KS: 110°, Concordia, KS: 108°, Topeka, KS: 106°, Lincoln, NE: 103°, Macon, GA: 103°, Columbus, GA: 101°, Tupelo, MS: 101°, Springfield, MO: 100°, Jackson, MS: 100°, Duluth, MN: 95° and International Falls, MN: 95°.

1984

An F2 tornado touched down in the Dellwood subdivision along Castle Rock Lake, WI. A total of 59 homes were hit and 14 were destroyed. More than 2,000 trees were downed. Winds from the accompanying thunderstorm also flattened a potato warehouse 12 miles north of Friendship. An F1 tornado touched down south of Decorah, IA and wrought significant damage to more than one farmstead. The storm turned a 40,000 bushel grain bin inside out and wrapped it around a chicken house.

1987

An early morning thunderstorm in Minnesota produced wind gusts to 91 mph at Waseca. Later that day, thunderstorms in South Dakota produced wind gusts to 81 mph at Ipswitch.

1988

Thunderstorms brought welcome rains to parts of the central U.S., but produced severe weather along the New England coast, the Great Lakes Region, North Carolina, and in the Southern Plateau Region. Strong thunderstorm winds gusting to 80 mph at Bullfrog, UT sank three boats on Lake Powell.

1989

Severe thunderstorms spawned 17 tornadoes across New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey & Connecticut. A powerful F4 tornado struck Hamden and New Haven, CT, causing $100 million dollars damage at Hamden, and $20 million dollars damage around New Haven. 40 people were injured.

70 people were injured in a tornado which traveled from Watertown to Waterbury, CT, and another powerful F4 tornado touched down near Ames, NY injuring 20 people along its 43+ mile track. It was the strongest tornado on record for eastern New York State. Another twister was reported near New York City. The thunderstorm complex that produced the tornadoes produced over 12,500 lightning strikes.

1993

Seven inches of rain fell in one hour at Adrian, MN. During normal summers, such incredible downpours might cause flash flooding, but not widespread river flooding. But during the spring and summer of 1993, such events were commonplace and the resulting flooding was catastrophic.

Meanwhile, more record heat occurred across the east. Record highs included: Newark, NJ: 105°, NYC-Central Park, NY: 102°, Atlantic City, NY: 101°, NYC-Kennedy, NY: 100°, Providence, RI: 100°, Wilmington, NC: 100°, NYC-LaGuardia, NY: 99°, Dulles Airport, VA: 99°, Raleigh, NC: 99°, Portland, ME: 98°, Concord, NH: 98° and Islip, NY: 98°.

1996

A man swimming off Jacksonville Beach, FL drowned in a strong rip current associated with Hurricane Bertha.

Lightning hit areas in and around San Diego, CA. Power was knocked out in central San Diego and the zoo. 0.09 inches of rain fell; one of their wettest July days on record. Microburst winds, estimated at over 60 mph, swept through the vicinity of Black Mountain Golf Course downing many mature trees and several power poles. At least two homes lost parts of their roofs and numerous homes lost shingles or roof tiles. Also, three new homes being framed were knocked down along with several fences and signs.

2000

Thunderstorms brought heavy rain and strong winds to northeast Illinois, during the early morning hours. Flash flooding occurred in parts of La Salle, De Kalb, Kendall and Kankakee Counties, where rainfall of 4 to 7 inches was reported. Nearly 15,000 people were without power for 12 hours. Flooding ripped up 50 feet of pavement in downtown Kankakee.

2002

During a record heat wave across the western U.S. that saw many daily records tumble, Reno, NV set a new all time record high when temperatures reached 108° surpassing the old record of 106° set on 07/20/1931. This record was equaled the next day. A few other sites in Nevada set new all-time records, including Carson City with 104°. Other locations setting all-time record highs: Victorville, CA: 116° and Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, CA: 91°.

A bolt of lightning killed two soccer players and injured five others during a match at Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

2004

Kodiak, AK tied their all-time July high with a temperature of 82°.

2005

Hurricane Dennis made landfall in the Florida panhandle on Santa Rosa Island between Naverre Beach and Gulf Breeze near Pensacola around 3:30pm ET. Dennis was an early-forming major hurricane in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico during the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. Dennis was the fourth named storm, second hurricane, and first major hurricane of the season. Maximum sustained winds at landfall dropped from 145 mph earlier in the day to 120 mph with a minimum central pressure of 946 millibars or 27.94 inHg. Total damage was estimated at $4 billion dollars.

Street flooding occurred at Billings, MT due to an afternoon thunderstorm that dumped 1.16 inches of rain in just 45 minutes.

2007

A rare waterspout was spotted off Argyle Shore, Prince Edward Island Canada.

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