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Weather History: July 14: Record temps, hail, storms, tornadoes, wind & floods

Meteorological events that happened on July 14th:


Asia's greatest 24-hour rainfall occurred from this date through the 15th as Baguio, Luzon in the Philippines received 46 inches.


Extreme heat prevailed across the central U.S. as severe drought raged from Texas to the Dakotas. Record high temperatures were established in sixteen states that summer, including readings as high as 120° in the Great Plains Region. On this particular date, afternoon highs for 113 stations across the state of Iowa averaged 108.7°.

All-time record highs were set at: Rockford, IL: 112°, Mondovi, WI: 110°, Richland Center, WI: 110°, Rochester, MN: 108°, Hatfield, WI: 108°, La Crosse, WI: 108°, Lancaster, WI: 108°, Grand Meadow, MN: 106°, Fort Wayne, IN: 106° and Mather, WI: 106°. Collegeville, IN recorded the state's hottest day on record as the mercury soared to 116°.


Illinois recorded its hottest temperature ever as East St. Louis hit 117°. Missouri also set their high temperature record with 118° at Warsaw and Union. St. Louis, MO: 115°, Pana, IL: 115°, Jacksonville, IL: 114°, Virden, IL: 114°, Decatur, IL: 113°, Columbia, MO: 113°, Quincy, IL: 112°, Springfield, IL: 112°, Mattoon, IL: 111° and Champaign, IL: 109°.


An F2 tornado around noon moved through Salem and Gloucester counties in New Jersey from near Carney's Point, Jefferson, and Sewell. Homes were damaged and a large barn destroyed. 6 people were injured in Gloucester County.


Bakersfield, CA set a record low maximum of 90°. This is the only day of the entire year where Bakersfield has always had a high temperature of at least 90° in every year since records began in 1893.


A line of severe thunderstorms raced across southeast South Dakota into northwest Iowa causing extensive damage. The line of thunderstorms produced widespread high winds and large hail. The hail averaged quarter to hen egg size although some areas received stones the size of softballs and winds in excess of 70 mph were not uncommon. Apparently, the most extensive damage from the storms extended from Mitchell through Parker to near Beresford. Spotty areas reported 100% crop damage. In Lincoln County, the hail caused an estimated $8 million dollars in crop damage and $2 million dollars in property damage. In the town of Marion the hail was so large that it actually punched holes in some roofs.

Northwest Iowa didn't fair much better as the storms caused $5 million dollars in crop damage in Sac County. The storm was labeled the worst in 65 years in Sac County as 70 to 100 mph winds tore through the area. Amazingly enough almost every home in Sac City was damaged by the storm. Numerous structures also lost their roofs in Sioux county. Several fatalities in both South Dakota and Iowa were directly related to the severe weather.


Severe thunderstorms in Iowa produced eight inches of golf ball size hail near Grafton, completely stripping corn stalks. Hail caused more than $1 million dollars damage to crops in Worth, Mitchell, Ada and Crawford County.

Unseasonably cool weather prevailed in the Great Plains Region. Eight cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Duluth, MN with a reading of 37°.


Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern New Mexico to central Nebraska. One hundred soldiers were injured by flying debris and collapsing tents during a thunderstorm near Trinidad, CO. Thunderstorms in Colorado produced wind gusts to 77 mph at La Junta, CO.

Early morning thunderstorms produced torrential rains over parts of Louisiana, with 7.50 inches at Carencro, and 5.85 inches at Morgan City.


Windsor, Ontario recorded a heat index temperature of 122°, the highest ever reported in Canada.


Chicago/Midway Airport, IL recorded its hottest temperature reading ever with 108°. Other all-time record highs: Sparta, WI: 105° and Blair, WI 105° (tied – 8/23/1948). Record highs for the date included: Toledo, OH: 104°, Mauston, WI: 103°, South Bend, IN: 100° and Owen, WI: 99°. Grand Rapids, MI set an all-time record low maximum of 81°.

The mercury hit a record high of 100° at Boston, MA. This was only the 22nd time in their history the temperature was at or above the century mark and the first time since 7/21/1977 when the temperature hit 102°.


Rescuers searched for victims and survivors of flash flooding from the night before in parts of Tennessee. The training thunderstorms dumped 7 inches of rain in 6 hours in and around Lawrenceburg, TN. Bridges were washed out and vehicles swept away. At least two people were killed.

Tallahassee, FL picked up more rain in two hours than it had in the past four months.


A tornado in Pine Lake, Alberta Canada killed 12 people and injured 140 others. This tornado was North America's deadliest of 2000 but Canada's first killer tornado since 1987.


The all-time record high at Billings, MT was set with 108°; the highs the previous two days were 107° and 106°.

Lightning started a fire in the Spring Mountains in Nevada that would be named the Lost Cabin Fire. The fire burned 4,340 acres and threatened 460 residences, 13 commercial properties, and 200 outbuildings. The fire was contained a week later on July 20th with no injuries or lost structures.


Death Valley, CA recorded 6 consecutive days beginning on this date through the 19th with high temperatures above 125°. Borrego Springs, CA set a daily record high of 118° and Big Bear Lake, CA with 93°.


Severe thunderstorm produced grapefruit size hail near Colstrip, MT; nearly an hour later an 82 mph wind gust was observed at Miles City, MT.


A tornado moved through portions of Swift and Pope Counties in west central Minnesota where two turkey barns and several outbuildings were destroyed, with extensive tree damage throughout the entire path. Maximum damage was EF2 with estimated winds of 111-119 mph. In the town of Swift Falls, two residences were damaged along with two garages that were destroyed. The tornado produced minor crop damage northeast of Swift Falls.


The dewpoint temperature reported at Newton, IA was one of the highest observed in the United States outside the Gulf States: 88°. An unofficial site registered a dewpoint of 92°.

A new high temperature record was set in the country of Qatar when the Doha Airport hit 122.7°.


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